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Kwani? Sunday Salon – w/ Writer Songeziwe Mahlangu, May 3 2015 @ Kwani Trust Office Gardens

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Date: Sunday, 3rd May
Venue: Kwani Trust Office Gardens, Riverside Drive
Time: 3 pm
Entry: FREE

About
Kwani? Sunday Salon will feature readings and conversations with 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature winner, Songeziwe Mahlangu and celebrated Kenyan writer, Henry Ole Kulet.

There will be poetry performances, live music by Sage and readings from the new Chimurenga by Caine Prize winner Yvonne Owour, historian Ngala Chome and Kwani Trust Managing Editor Billy Kahora.

The visiting South African author is the second winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature, the first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books.

Mr. Ole Kulet’s novel Vanishing Herds ( Longhorn Publishers) won the 2013 Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature. He has published several books and has over 30 years experience writing about contemporary Maa culture.

Chimurenga is a project-based mutable object, a print magazine, a workspace, and platform for editorial and curatorial activities. Started in 2011, The Chronic is a pan African quarterly gazette whose new edition focuses on new geographies, and is published in collaboration with Kwani Trust.

“One of the questions is this: if you try to map the psycho-techno-cultural corridors and ports through which this idea of better life (also known as “Africa Rising”) circulates, what do you see? We came up with this multi-breasted feminine. And more – war machines, secret countries, trade routes, water maps etc.” – The Chronic.

Find more info. on their website http://kwani.org/new/press_releases/87/kwani_trust_to_host_2014_etisalat_prize_for_literature_winner.htm

April 23, 2015 at 11:08 am 1 comment

Official Launch: The African Poetry Library, Apr. 30 2015 @ Goethe Institut Library

Poetry Library Launch

April 23, 2015 at 10:47 am 1 comment

Kwani? Open Mic – April Edition feat. Kevin Man Njoro, Apr. 7 2015 @ The Phoenix Players, Parliament Rd

Kwani? Open Mic April 2015
Date: 7th April 2015
Time: 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm
Venue: Inside Professional Centre
Entry: Kes. 300 at the gate.

Advance tickets only via Mpesa at ksh200: Simply select “Buy Goods” onyour MPesa menu, enter the “Till Number” (56714) and follow instructions to complete transaction.

Featured Poet: Kevin Man Njoro
Featured band: KIU
MC: Cindy Ogana

Kevin Man Njoro
Comedian, rapper, mechanic and poet, Kevin Waithaka is a jack of all trades and master of them all. Whether performing with a Kikuyu accent as Man Njoro or as the polished Nemesis, Kevin’s wit and lyricism is highly entertaining. A collaboration with rapper Rabbit on Uko Sure showed his talent for crafty storytelling.

KIU
Inspired by singers like Zahara, Asa and India Arie, Kenyan songstresses, Tracy, Rosa and Pauline are fast-rising trio, Kiu. Here to quench Nairobi’s unquenchable thirst for quality music, Kiu blends its harmonies effortlessly, each with their own unique voice and unmatched musical ability. Past performances include Brew Bistro’s Oktoberfest, World Music Day (Fete de la Musique) at Alliance Francaise, Ndovu Zetu/Blankets and Wine at the UN recreational grounds, among others.

April 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm Leave a comment

Conversation with African writers – Ndiritu Wahome & Ciku Kimeria, Mar. 19 2015 @ Goethe Institut

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Join young Kenyan writers – Ndiritu Wahome and Ciku Kimeria as they discuss their books, chat with members of the audience at a session titled “Conversation with African writers” at the Goethe Goethe-Institut Nairobi on Thursday March 19th 2015 from 6pm.

First 100 people to rsvp to the event via fb (https://www.facebook.com/events/1059580684055976/) will be eligible for a KES 100 discount on the book price at the event.

The session will be moderated by acclaimed Kenyan poet, journalist, writer of fiction, and critic – Khainga o’okwemba.

ON THE WRITERS….

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Ndiritu is a writer who first started writing at the age of thirteen. At 19, immediately after high school, he published a volume of poetry: ‘The Voice from a Young Man under the Burning African Sun.’

As a young writer, he is passionate about the art of writing, and other forms of creative arts. Ndiritu believes that you can become anything you want on earth, as long as you have the willpower, determination, and passion to train the mind. When he is neither reading nor writing, he is actively swimming and lazing on the beach gazing at the meandering blue waves of the ocean.

His latest work is a collection of short stories titled The sad artist and other fairy tales

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Ciku lives and works in Kenya as a consultant focusing on international development issues at Dalberg Global Development Advisors. In her free time, she enjoys writing and traveling. She loves people, learning different languages, experiencing new cultures and various other art forms in addition to writing – singing, playing the guitar etc.

She is particularly fascinated by the universality of human emotions and enjoys reading books about people whose culture she knows little about. She hopes to use her work to reach more people with stories about Kenyan people that they can relate to – even if they do not know much about Kenya.

She holds a BSc in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She speaks English, Kiswahili and German, and is currently learning French. She is also a travel blogger – Thekenyanexplorer

Her novel “Of goats and poisoned oranges” is a tantalizing tale of betrayal, deceit, greed, corruption, love and revenge that will leave you reeling. Readers have described it as “Wicked, funny, poignant, wacky, human, a big ball of fun and danger”, “A unique and captivating book”, “Fun and intriguing”, “Impossible to put down once you start reading.”

http://www.amazon.com/goats-poisoned-oranges-Ciku-Kimeria-ebook/dp/B00HBBWPI6

March 7, 2015 at 6:24 pm Leave a comment

Book Launch Party: Belonging in Africa by Jo Alkemade, Mar. 13 2015 @ Michael Joseph Centre

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Author Jo Alkemade and Lesleigh Kenya welcomes you to the Michael Joseph Centre for the Book Launch Party.

Date: March 13, 2015
Venue: Michael Joseph Centre
Time: 6-9 pm
Entry: Free

Entertainment by: Soul and jazz artist Liron.

PS: Lesleigh Kenya regrets to announce that due to unavoidable circumstances, the last meet the Author event which was scheduled to March 7 2015 at Silole Villa has been cancelled.

March 3, 2015 at 1:59 pm 2 comments

For the Love of Books, Mar. 1 2015 @ the Juniper Social – Muthangari Drive

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Date: March 1 2015
Venue: The Juniper Social, Muthangari Drive
Time: 1 – 11 pm
Ticket price: 500 ksh in advance from Ticketasasa
Gate ticket: 700 ksh

About
From 10th October 2014 – 17th January 2015, we journeyed together on #100DaysofAfricanReads, profiling writing by African writers based on the continent and elsewhere. Join me in celebrating our word journey with writers and spoken word artists including Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, author of DUST. We will have books and merchandise on special offer all afternoon, with music for your ears by DJ K.lure

We will also be collecting book donations for the fantastic Vitabu Vyetuwhose mission is to improve our reading culture, so do please bring any copies of books you can spare for donating to schools in Elgeyo Marakwet.

March 1, 2015 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

Meet the Author – Jo Alkemade Events: Feb. 21, 28 & Mar. 7 2015 @ Memorial Centre, Pawa 254 Hub & Silole Villa

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Lesleigh Kenya is pleased to announce that Belonging in Africa author Jo Alkemade is coming to Nairobi for a series of Meet the Author Events before the launch of the book on March 13.

This is where you can catch her:
February 21st: Meet the author from 2pm to 5pm at the August 7th Memorial Park at the junction of Moi Avenue and Haile Selassie Avenue.
February 28th: Meet the author from 5pm to 7pm at the PAWA 254 rooftop on State House Crescent.
March 7th: Meet the author at Silole Villa on the Silole Sanctuary from 2 pm.

Note: The best way to get to the villa is through the Masai Gate (south end of the Nairobi National Park; follow the signs). Otherwise drive down the Magadi Road on your way to Ongata Rongai, turn first left off the tarmac (signboarded to Nazarene University & Masai Lodge). Then just keep going to the end of the murram road (6 km) until you reach Masai Lodge. The turn off to Silole Villa & Silole Cottage is on the right immediately before the Masai Lodge Gate. If coming by public transport, as soon as you get off the matatu/bus there are very nice and reasonable cab drivers and bodas who can get you to Silole

February 10, 2015 at 6:32 pm 1 comment

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