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Blankets and Wine Writers Stage: An Ode to Hip Hop – Mini Tribute to Rapper & Poet G-Wiji, Oct. 5 2014 @ Carnivore Grounds

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Blankets and Wine, Writers’ Stage aka. Kwani? @ Blankets and Wine

Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Venue: Carnivore Grounds
Time: 2:00pm – 5pm

Theme: An Ode to Hip Hop, Mini Tribute to Rapper and Poet G-wiji
MC: Velma Kiome, General Manager, Kwani Trust

Kwani Trust will host a mini tribute to the fallen rapper/poet Gwiji of Ukoo Flani, with thought provoking Hip Hop music by Mwas and Zakah of Ukoo Flani, performances of poetry and dramatized readings from ‘Kwani? 03’ by Poets Monajamonj, Checkmate Mido and writer Aleya Kassam all backed by the band Yellow Light Machine. ‘Kwani? 03’ was one of the first literary publications to feature the urban youth speak poetry called ‘Shen’g’ in a section aptly named ‘Sheng’spere’.

This book featured works by Ukoo Flani members Mc Kah, Kitu Sewer and Gwiji.

October 2, 2014 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment

Discussion: with Shortlisted Writers of the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature, Jun. 28 2014 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium

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Date: Saturday, June 28 2014
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museums
Time: 5 pm

Meet the Writers event with the three writers shortlisted for the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature – NoViolet Bulawayo, Yewande Omotoso and Karen Jennings, with special guest and Patron of the Etisalat Prize for Literature, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey (OBE).
This will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature writers tour Nairobi, hosted by Kwani Trust
Africa’s most prestigious literary prize, the Etisalat Prize for Literature has collaborated with Kwani Trust for a weekend of literary events in Nairobi on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June 2014 as part of a three city African tour for shortlisted writers of the Etisalat Prize for Literature.

The Meet the Writers event includes a panel discussion hosted by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey (OBE) with the three shortlisted writers of the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature, NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), author of We Need New Names and winner of the 2013 edition, Yewande Omotoso (Nigeria/South Africa), author of Bom Boy, and Karen Jennings (South Africa), author of Finding Soutbek.

NoViolet Bulawayo, Yewande Omotoso and Karen Jennings will also feature at the Kwani?

June 21, 2014 at 4:32 pm Leave a comment

52nd Edition of Blankets & Wine, June 1 2014 @ the Carnivore

B&W June Poster
Date: June 1 2014
Venue: the Carnivore Gardens
Time: from 1 pm
Tickets: Kshs 1500 advance & Kshs 2000 on the Gate

PS: You may only carry a picnic & wine ONLY

May 23, 2014 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

Workshop Opportunity for Writers: Application for Kwani? Fiction Workshop due Monday, May 26 2014

Kwani Trust Seeks Applicants for 2014 Fiction Workshop

Kwani Trust invites applications for a residential fiction workshop to be held from June 24th to July 6th. Following Kwani?’s pursuit of developing new contemporary fiction, the workshop will incubate writing from fourteen emerging voices with particular focus on writers between the ages of 18 and 24 and writers from outside of Nairobi’s urban space.

Kwani? has always been interested in providing creative and alternative voices, narratives and expressions to mainstream societal concerns. The establishment of devolutionary politics in Kenya, the planned decentralisation of power with the application of the new Constitution and the emergence of new aspects of power in our society requires scrutiny and the telling of new stories. We are therefore interested in developing creative writing that mirrors what has been described as our new politics.

Not limited to the above, the workshop will broadly explore what new narratives can emerge from the county as Kenya’s new central political unit beyond the state. Linked to this will be explorations of the mtaa, or neighbourhood, as an oppositional and organic context to these new narratives, expressions and voices.
We hope that the writers invited to the workshop will work with power and mtaa as broad thematic concerns. The two week-workshop, and the intensity of the residential format, will allow the writers enough time to produce substantial work, learn aspects of the writer’s craft and develop style with Kwani?’s guest tutors and mentors. The invited writers will also form a meaningful working relationship with the other writers on the programme.

At the end of the workshop we will ask writers to submit drafts suitable for submission to Kwani? 09, the ninth issue of Kwani Trust’s flagship literary journal subtitled Your Count®y Needs You.

To apply, please email submissions@kwani.org by Monday, May 26th with the following:

-Email Subject Line: 2014 Fiction Workshop Application
-A short fiction sample (1000-2000 words) (Word or PDF)
-A one page motivation statement including 1. Why you wish to attend the workshop 2. Story idea(s) around power or mtaa 3. A brief bio
-Name
-Age
-Location
-Phone number
-Email address

*Writers must be available for the duration of the workshop. Transport, full accommodation and meals will be provided.

May 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

Kwani at 10 Lecture: On Americanah by Chimanda Ngozi Adichie, Nov. 29 2013 @ University of Nairobi

On Americana
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s public lecture at University of Nairobi

Date: November 29, 2013
Venue: Taifa Hall, University of Nairobi

Register & find more info here

November 26, 2013 at 10:34 am 1 comment

Events: Reflections on a Kwani? Decade, Nov. 27-30 2013, @ Various Venues

Kwani at 10
Between 27th-30th November Kwani Trust will host a series of literary, creative and artistic events that reflect on its work in the context of the literary history of Kenya, East Africa and the continent. Culminating in the launch of Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s debut novel Dust and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel Americanah.

The programme includes public lectures, readings, an Awards Ceremony for the Kwani? Manuscript Project and a visual art retrospective that reflects on a shared sensibility between photographers, writers and other artists curated by Mbithi Masya (Just a Band).

For more info. download Kwaniat10

http://kwaniat10.kwani.org/

November 22, 2013 at 9:10 am Leave a comment

Spoken Wor:l:ds: Lyrical Exchange between Nairobi & Berlin, Nov. 9-15 2013 @ Various Venues

Spoken Worlds
Programme
10th Nov: Street Poetry 3:00pm Aga khan walk (Free )
11th Nov: SPOKEN WOR:L:DS Goethe-Institut Nairobi 2:00pm (free)
12th Nov: Spoken Wor:l:ds (Kwani) 7:30 pm Imax (Free)
13th Nov: Spoken Wor:l:ds (Goethe) 4:00 to 6:00 pm (Free)
15th Nov: Spoken Worl:l:ds (Live & Loud) Tree house (free) plus there is transport from town

About

SPOKEN WOR:L:DS – lyrical performance between Nairobi and Berlin – is an international literature exchange project between artists from both cities, focusing on contemporary performance poetry.

It takes up impulses of Poetry, Spoken Word, Slam Poetry and Rap, which are art forms that mix literature, music, dance, and visual arts. Eight artists from Berlin, including Josefine Berkholz, Diamondog, Erko, Christian Filips, Josh, LMNZ, Madog, Sabine Scho will meet the following artists from Nairobi: Checkmate, L-Ness, Ogutu Muraya, Wanjiku Mwaurah, Namatsi, Sitawa Namwalie, Octopizzo, and Poetic B.

The project takes place in Nairobi November , 9th – 15th 2013 and in 5th – 12th April 2014 in Berlin.

Find more info here: http://spokenworlds.literaturwerkstatt.org/

November 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

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