Book Reviews Kenya Nonfiction

The Paralympics and the Henry Wanyoike biography

The Paralympic games ended in London last Sunday and the victorious team has already come home even meeting the British envoy at his house in Nairobi for a huge bash. I am an advocate for the disabled regularly lambasting pubs in my weekly venue review for lacking disability access. Whilst everyone needs to have access […]

Events Festivals

The Return of the Storymoja Hay Festival

The Storymoja Hay Festival is back. The event is set to hit Nairobi on 13-16th September at the National Museum of Kenya. I first attended the festival in 2009 when it was but a thing at the Impala grounds. During those ages when dinosaurs roamed the earth and the phones of choice were Blackberry (smart) […]

Book Reviews Nonfiction South Africa

Sihle Khumalo’s Heart of Africa (How Zack could have made it to South Africa)

One of the loudest noises in the last few months is a campaign by a dude called Zachary Muturi Kimotho who was on a quest to propel a wheelchair to South Africa to the closest spinal injury medical facility. The campaign dubbed “Bring Zack Back”, supported by the Kenya Paraplegic Association and Safaricom was aimed […]

Book Reviews Kenya Marketing

Alexander Nderitu’s guide for Kenyan writers.

A look at “Changing Kenya’s Literary Landscape” a paper by Alexander Nderitu who I met when I went to visit ailing author Marjorie Oludhe-Macgoye. When I joined that delegation to see the ailing Marjorie Oludhe-Macgoye two Fridays ago I joined writers in fervent discussions about getting one’s work out. My strength at the discussions was […]

Events Kenya

Talking books at Marjorie Oludhe-Macgoye’s Ngara home

Where authors meet at Marjorie Oludhe-Macgoyes home in Ngara and talk books. One of the best movies I have watched in my life was Finding Forrester a movie at the turn of the millennium starring Sean Connery. Connery  acts as William Forrester a reclusive writer who lives in Harlem  and who has lived there for […]

Book Reviews South Africa

Five things I learnt from “Happiness is a four letter word”

  After the terrifying experience I had to go through in Seychelles I had to be sure about these South African writers. Can they all write as well as the aforementioned Angela Makholwa? Would I have to now start getting my supply of literature from the Southern African country which is now coming back with […]

Book Reviews Fiction South Africa

How Angela Makholwa nearly derailed my Seychelles Carnival plans

Book: The Thirtieth Candle Author: Angela Makholwa Publisher: Pan Macmillan Genre: Fiction Buy your own copy of The 30th Candle I recently got an opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful places on the planet; The Island archipelago that is the Seychelles Islands where I got to cover the International Carnival in that town. […]