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Dates: June 16th – 22nd 2015
Venue: Kampala, UG)
Early Bird Offer: KES 6,000
Writivism is an annual Literary Festival held every June in Kampala, Uganda featuring leading contemporary writers.
Celebrating its 3rd edition this year, the festival guest list boasts of authors, academics, bloggers, journalists, critics, reviewers, publishers and other stakeholders in the African literary infrastructure and is drawn from various parts of the continent and beyond.
This includes Tsitsi Dangarembga, John Nagenda, Sara Bruya, Rachel Zadok, Michela Wrong, Shedrack Chikoti, Chika Unigwe, Edwige Dro, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Ukamaka Olisakwe, Paula Akugizibwe, Dami Ajayi, Aaron Bady, Doreen Baingana, Donald Molosi, Onyeka Nwelue, Aida Mbowa, Moses Kilolo, Jennifer Makumbi and many more.
The festival will also feature book signings, panel discussions, master classes, exhibitions, music and poetry performances, school tours, book launches and readings, stage drama and the Writivism Short Story Prize Awards evening among other activities at the two festial venues, Makerere University and the National Theatre.
Note: Kes. 6,000* Special Early Bird Offer
It covers transport from Nairobi to Kampala and back plus a five-day festival pass. (*Valid till May 31st)
Register now at firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Discussion: Kizza Besigye & Uganda’s unfinished Revolution, May 12 2015 @ IFRA/BIEA Conference Room
Date: May 12, 2015
Venue: IFRA/BIEA Conference Room
Daniel K. Kalinaki’s Kizza Besigye and Uganda’s unfinished revolution, DominantSeven Publishers – 2014
With : Daniel Kalinaki, Pauline Bernard, Dr.Joshua Rubongoya & Dr. Musambayi Katumanga.
“[R]enowned journalist Daniel Kalinaki’s book, Kizza Besigye and Uganda’s Unfinished Revolution […] charts the journey of Besigye starting from his childhood in Rukungiri to working alongside Museveni against the Obote ‘regime’ and finally, to leading an opposition movement.
The backdrop to the story is a Uganda re-emerging from decades of abuse by tyrants of yester-year. Kalinaki provides a concise account of the history of the country and interwoven into it are the stories of Besigye, Museveni and their respective parties and causes. This perhaps is where the book triumphs. In one volume the reader gains an insight into Besigye the man, the evolution of Uganda and the sins and successes of a government which has possibly outstayed its welcome.
In recent years, Besigye has often made headlines for his acts of rebellion, his inability to be silenced and refusal to stand down. The book goes into detail offering accounts of every beating, imprisonment and act of injustice forced upon him by the powers that be. In the midst of this he becomes a husband and a father, and one cannot help but think that this is what he sacrifices in order to continue with his quest for success. Years are spent in exile, away from his family and home; was it for personal glory or an act so altruistic as being for the good of the nation?
While this story is told through accounts provided by Besigye, his wife Winnie and many others that have fought by his side and against him, Kalinaki makes a concerted effort to shed light upon the huge differences between the Museveni of 1986 and the Museveni of 2016”.
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
Kwani? Open Mic – April Edition feat. Kevin Man Njoro, Apr. 7 2015 @ The Phoenix Players, Parliament Rd
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.
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.
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….
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
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.”