Category: Events

  • Rebeka Njau’s “Ripples in the Pool” launches in Nairobi

    Rebeka Njau’s “Ripples in the Pool” launches in Nairobi

    Rebeka Njau’s 1975 novel Ripples in the Pool, reissued this year by Bloomsbury Publishing, launched at the Alliance Française, Nairobi on Friday, June 14, 2024. Rebeka Njau is Kenya’s first female playwright and a pioneer in the representation of African women in literature. She is famously one of the only two women, alongside Grace Ogot,…

  • Colombia’s La Comadre tours Nairobi

    Colombia’s La Comadre tours Nairobi

    La Comadre, a women’s organisation of Afro-Colombian victims of the decades-long Colombian conflict, was hosted to events in Nairobi, Kenya from June 4 – 5, 2024. Colombia has had internal conflicts between the government, far-right paramilitary groups and crime syndicates, and far-left guerrilla groups, fighting each other for decades. In 2012, negotiations began between the…

  • Literary initiatives to check out during Caribbean-American Heritage Month

    Literary initiatives to check out during Caribbean-American Heritage Month

    June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the US, here are some initiatives in the Caribbean that you might want to check out. June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the United States as well as a special one across the Caribbean. The region, which hosts many people of African descent, has produced some of the most…

  • Jahazi Journal Edition 11 launches in Nairobi.

    Jahazi Journal Edition 11 launches in Nairobi.

    The eleventh edition of the Jahazi Journal with the theme “Perspective of Theatre Practice in Kenya” launched in Nairobi on Wednesday, October 25, 2023. Jahazi is an arts & culture journal that builds bridges between theory & practice founded by late performing artist, director, playwright, storyteller, poet, and academic Bantu Mwaura in 2006. The eleventh…

  • Habiba Cooper Diallo, Afua Cooper read at Dakar’s Chez Alpha Books

    Habiba Cooper Diallo, Afua Cooper read at Dakar’s Chez Alpha Books

    Habiba Cooper Diallo and Afua Cooper did readings at Chez Alpha Books in Dakar, Senegal on Saturday, August 12, 2023. Chez Alpha Books is an English resource centre that provides the community access to books in English along with an array of programs and services that support English language learners in Dakar, Senegal. It has…

  • The Heart is A Bastard anthology launches in Nairobi.

    The Heart is A Bastard anthology launches in Nairobi.

    The Heart is A Bastard, a new anthology edited by Zukiswa Wanner and Elias Mutani, was launched in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday, May 27, 2023. In 2020, the University of East Anglia appointed Tsitsi Dangarembga as the International Chair of Creative Writing. As part of the activities for the role, the team would deliver a…

  • Troy Onyango, Chiké Frankie Edozien for Nairobi events.

    Troy Onyango, Chiké Frankie Edozien for Nairobi events.

    Troy Onyango and Chiké Frankie Edozien are set to feature in a series of readings in Nairobi, Kenya from March 23 – 25, 2023. Chiké Frankie Edozien is a Nigerian-American writer and journalist who is currently the director of New York University, Accra. He came to the notice of the African literary community when he…

  • “Resonanzen. Schwarzes Literaturfestival” presented in Frankfurt, Germany.

    “Resonanzen. Schwarzes Literaturfestival” presented in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Resonanzen. Schwarzes Literaturfestival, a publication from a literary festival earlier in the year, was presented in Frankfurt, Germany on October 22, 2022. In May, “Resonanzen – Schwarzes Literaturfestival” (Resonance – A Festival of Black German-Language Fiction) a project of Ruhrfestspiele and writer and political activist Sharon Dodua Otoo was hosted. It aimed to rethink, reimagine…

  • Meja Mwangi: Literary Methods and the Future of Kenyan Writing

    Meja Mwangi: Literary Methods and the Future of Kenyan Writing

    The Kenyan Readathon was hosted at the Alliance Française Nairobi on September 10, 2022. Prolific author Meja Mwangi sent an address that was read on his behalf by event founder Lexa Lubanga.   Meja Mwangi made a huge impact when his debut novel, Kill Me Quick (1973) received the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for literature the…

  • Diaspora Reflections for London on July 2

    Diaspora Reflections for London on July 2

    Diaspora Reflections welcomes you to an African diaspora evening where Afro-pop meets Soul in London, UK on Saturday, July 2, 2022. Diaspora Reflections is a storytelling platform that connects African creatives with members of the diaspora and beyond. They are eager to spark refreshing and diverse conversations amongst the diaspora from across Africa and beyond,…

  • PREE hosts reading for Caribbean writers in Kingston

    PREE hosts reading for Caribbean writers in Kingston

    PREE, a leading literary journal from the Caribbean, hosted readings for leading and emerging writers in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday, June 12, 2022. PREE is an online magazine for new contemporary writing from and about the Caribbean. They publish original works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, and experimental writing, giving their authors international visibility…

  • Grandmaster Masese tribute event hosted in Nairobi.

    Grandmaster Masese tribute event hosted in Nairobi.

    An event in tribute to Kenyan poet and musician Grandmaster Masese, organized by the Mstari Wa Nne poetry collective, was hosted at the Kenya National Library, Nairobi on June 10, 2022. Grandmaster Masese, real name Dennis Dancan Mosiere, came to prominence when a new poetry scene emerged in Nairobi in the late-2000s to early 2010s.…

  • Ibrahim El Khalil Diallo for Virtually Yours

    Ibrahim El Khalil Diallo for Virtually Yours

    Ibrahim El Khalil Diallo’s L’Odyssée des Oubliés is the featured book for the series “Virtually Yours,” which runs on Saturday, June 11, 2022. He is hosted by Goethe-Institut Senegal and will be moderated by Renee Edwige Dro. Virtually Yours is a regional project of Goethe-Institut Sub Saharan Africa, a series of online discussions with contemporary…

  • Storymoja Read Aloud 2022 campaign kicks off.

    Storymoja Read Aloud 2022 campaign kicks off.

    The Storymoja Read Aloud 2022 campaign to break the world record for the largest number of people reading one text at the same time kicked off on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Storymoja Publishers built their name in the Kenyan and African literary community for their world-famous Storymoja Festival. In 2014, they started a new initiative…

  • New Nairobi storytellers come out at World Storytelling Day 2022

    New Nairobi storytellers come out at World Storytelling Day 2022

    Nairobi’s newest storytellers featured at a World Storytelling Day 2022 event this past Saturday, March 19, 2022. Wangari The Storyteller is a performance storyteller with a passion for both oral and written stories. The literary Advocate and children’s author of 21 books works extensively with schools and libraries across the country in reading and literacy-related…