Sitawa Nawalie, Yewande Omotoso, Shan Bartley for Artistic Encounters in November.

Sitawa Nawalie, Yewande Omotoso, and Shan Bartley are set to feature at this month’s edition of the Artistic Encounters at Goethe Institut Nairobi on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. The three will be moderated by author Zukiswa Wanner.

In Goethe-Institut Kenya’s Artistic Encounters, two artists of different genres meet and share their art in front of an audience. In 2017, the project had artist Victor Ehikhamenor and poet Koleka Putuma, trumpeter Christine Kamau and poet Philipp Khabo Koepsell, novelist Lola Shoneyin and storyteller Maimouna Jallow, as well as author Angela Makholwa and actress Patricia Kihoro feature.

In 2018, Artistic Encounters kicked off in May with novelist, short story writer, and academic Pede Hollist and actor Hana Kefela in May followed in June by mbira player Prudence Katomeni and poet Adipo Sidang’.  In July, novelist Niq Mhlongo and actor Nick Ndeda were the featured acts while spoken word artist Ngartia gave his rendition of the Olumide Popoola novel When We Speak of Nothing in September. In October, Nairobi would enjoy the stylings of Nigerian poet Dami Ajayi and Kenyan musician Makadem.

On November 21, the show will feature The Woman Next Door the second novel of South Africa/Nigeria/Barbados writer Yewande Omotoso. The book which got the Bailey’s Women’s Prize 2018 longlist and the Dublin Literary Award 2018 shortlist is described in its blurb thus;

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso.
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso.

Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbours. One is black, one white. And both are sworn enemies, sharing hedge and hostility which they prune with a zeal that belies the fact that they are both over eighty. But one day an unforeseen event forces the women together. And gradually the bickering and sniping softens into lively debate, and from there into memories shared. But could these sparks of connection ever transform into friendship?

The book will be brought to life by Sitawa Namwalie and Shan Bartley making the first time more than two artists have featured in this series. Sitawa Namwalie is a poet, writer and performer who work includes Cut Off My Tongue a poetry collection from her reflections on ethnicity, identity, land ownership, dominion and love. Her other poetry collection is Silence is a Woman. Shan Bartley is an actress, casting director, editing consultant, and contractor based in Nairobi.

After the performance, series curator Zukiswa Wanner will lead the three in a panel discussion that will also be open to the audience. The public will also get to buy and have their copies of the books of the author and poet signed.

The action begins at 6pm.

Please note this will be the final running of the Artistic Encounters for 2018.