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Launch: Hiding in Plain Sight by Nuruddin Farah at 2015 Kwani? Litfest, Dec. 5 2015 @ Kwani Trust

N. Farah
On Saturday 5 December the Rift Valley Forum and Kwani? Litfest 2015 will host Nuruddin Farah for the launch of his book Hiding in Plain Sight.

Date: Saturday 5 December 2015
Venue: Kwani? Trust
Location: Off Riverside Drive, Chiromo
Time: 2 – 4pm

About
Nuruddin is the winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the Lettre Ulysses Award, and has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature several times. His body of work includes two trilogies, Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship (1980) and Blood in the Sun (1986). The novel Hiding in Plain Sight is partially set in Nairobi and explores themes of family, freedom and loyalty. Says the New York Times Book Review, “The rewards of reading Hiding in Plain Sight lie in Farah’s sensitive exploration of grief and his depiction of a family’s love for one another…Farah is particularly adept at evoking the way in which the sight of a familiar face or place can trigger painful memories and how comfort can come to us from unexpected sources.”

This year’s Kwani? Litfest, themed “Beyond the Map of English”, will also host a variety of conversations on language and writing, including:

Language and its changing relations to African experience and writing on the continent, a panel discussion featuring Siphiwo Mahala, Patrick Mudekereza, and Yvonne Owuor. Wednesday 2 December 2015, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, at the Kenya National Theatre.

Capturing African Worlds, a public lecture by acclaimed Ghanaian-Nigerian writer Taiye Selasi about her work and the different worlds language that capture African experiences. Taiye will later join Yvonne Owuor in conversation with Dr. Sheila Ochugboju. Wednesday 2 December 2015, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, at the Kenya National Theatre.

Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature winners Anna Samwel, Mohammed K. Ghassani, Enock Maregesi and Christopher Bundala Budebah in conversation with Mukoma wa Ngugi. Friday 4 December 2015, 6:00 – 7:30pm, at Kwani Trust.

New contemporary narratives – escaping the straitjacket of genre. Where do fiction and non-fiction meet? A conversation with Wu Ming 1 and Mikhail Iossel, moderated by Billy Kahora. Friday 4 December 2015 ,7:45pm – 9:30pm, at Kwani Trust.

Pre-registration is not required.

More information and the full Kwani? Litfest 2015 programme are available at http://kwanilitfest.tumblr.com.

December 2, 2015 at 7:49 pm Leave a comment

5th Edition of Kwani? Litfest: Beyond the Map of English, Dec. 1-6 2015 @ Various Venues in Nairobi

Kwani Lit Festival
Dates: December 1-6, 2015
Venues: Kwani? Trust Offices, University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, the Elephant, Kenya National Theatre, Alliance Française

About 2015 Kwani? Litfest
The fifth edition of Kwani? Litfest, a biennial gathering of writers, artists and thinkers from across Africa, takes place from 1st – 6th December 2015. This year’s literary festival, Beyond the Map of English: Writers in conversation on Language hosts readings, performances and discussions that explore issues of language and how this relates to African experiences and writing on the continent.

Confirmed participants include Nuruddin Farah, Taiye Selasi, Boris Boubacar Diop, Yvonne Adhiambo Owour, Wu Ming, Prof. Aldin Mutembei, FOKN Bois and Siphiwo Mahala.

The Kwani? Litfest will also launch the East African edition of Nuruddin Farah’s book, Hiding in Plain Sight, a novel set in the wake of a terrorist attack that kills a Kenyan UN worker in Mogadishu, published by Kwani Trust.

The festival features public lectures by Mr. Farah, Ghanaian and Nigerian novelist, Taiye Selasi, Senegalese writer, Boris Boubacar Diop and Tanzanian scholar and novelist Prof. Aldin Mutembei. The latest issues of the Kwani? Journal, Kwani? 08, is also set for release during the festival.

A book party featuring the Ghanaian music group Fok Bois will introduce this issue, featuring work on the 2010 Kenya constitution, the 2013 general elections and devolution. Featured writers include Paul Goldsmith, Okwiri Odour, Laura Fish, Jackie Lebo and Ngala Chome.

Over the past few months, Kwani Trust has been working on a collection of narratives from the Coast and Northern Kenya regions. During the course of this work, we have found that issues around the relationship between Western-oriented creative writing, up-country English-language publishing dominance and the use of Kiswahili at the Coast to warrant a special session at the Kwani? Litfest.

Therefore, writers from the Coastal region will feature prominently on programming. Through a partnership with Mabati Rolling Mills, we are also thrilled to host the winners of the inaugural Mabati-Cornell Prize for Kiswahili Literature, who will be announced at the festival.

See full programme here: www.kwani.org

December 1, 2015 at 9:48 am 1 comment

5th Edition of Kwani? Litfest: Beyond the Map of English, Dec. 1-6 2015 in Nairobi

Kwani Literature Festival
The fifth edition of Kwani? Litfest, a biennial gathering of writers, artists and thinkers from across Africa, takes place from 1st-6th December 2015.

This year’s literary festival, Beyond the Map of English: Writers in conversation on Language hosts readings, performances and discussions that explore issues of language and how this relates to African experiences and writing on the continent.

Confirmed participants include Nuruddin Farah, Taiye Selasi, Boris Boubacar Diop, Yvonne Adhiambo Owour, Wu Ming, Prof. Aldin Mutembei,FOKN Bois and Siphiwo Mahala.

November 22, 2015 at 3:38 pm 2 comments

Book Reading & Discussion: War Crimes in Somalia, Aug. 21 2014 @ Amnesty International Regional Office

Date: Thursday August 21 2014
Venue: Amnesty International Regional Office
Location: Kanjata Road/Muthangari Drive off Waiyaki Way – Google Map
Time: 5:30pm
Entry: Prior online Registration – Register here.

About
Amnesty International, in partnership with the Rift Valley Institute’s Nairobi Forum, invite you to a book reading and discussion panel on Rasna Warah’s new book War Crimes: How warlords, politicians, foreign governments and aid agencies conspired to create a failed state in Somalia.

In War Crimes, Kenyan journalist Rasna Warah writes about the many war crimes that have taken place in Somalia in the name of peace, development, religion and reconciliation. It is an examination of the destruction of Somalia looking at the involvement of the state and the international community.

Rasna Warah will be joined on the panel by acclaimed Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah, winner of the Neustadt International Prize for literature and the Lettre Ulysses Award, and Ali Hersi, Regional Director of the Society for International Development. This discussion, an inaugural event of the Amnesty International Regional Hub Speaker Series, will be moderated by L. Muthoni Wanyeki, Regional Director of Amnesty International.

Moderator: L. Muthoni Wanyeki – Regional Director Amnesty International

Panellists: Rasna Warah – Kenyan writer and photojournalist, Nuruddin Farah – Writer, Ali Hersi – Regional Director Society for International Development

August 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm 1 comment

Nadifa Mohamed in Conversation + Kenyan Writers & the 2013 Elections, Jun. 21 2013 @ National Museum

Kenya Elections
Kwani Trust in partnership with the Nairobi Forum will be hosting an evening of writers on 21 June 2013 at Nairobi National Museum.

Date: Friday 21 June 2013
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: 5 – 8 pm
Entry: Prior reservation

About Nadifa Mohamed
Nadifa Mohamed, the Somali-British author, will be speaking about her writing and her Somali homeland. Born in Hargeisa and raised in South London, Nadifa’s first novel, Black Mamba Boy(2010), was inspired by the life of her father who was forced to leave Somalia and set out on an odyssey that took him to the UK. Identified by Granta as one of the best of young British novelists, Nadifa’s novel was described by one reviewer as a book of elegance and beauty. It won the Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for numerous other prizes. Nadifa’s new novel, The Orchard of Lost Souls, will be published in August 2013. It describes the fall of the Somali state through the lives of three women.

During the same evening, a panel of writers, bloggers, photographers and poets will also discuss their work on the recently concluded 2013 Kenyan general elections.

Previous Conversations

June 11, 2013 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

Nuruddin Farah in Conversation, Apr. 18 2013 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum

The Nairobi Forum, in partnership with Kwani Trust, will be hosting an evening with renowned Somali author Nuruddin Farah on 18th April.

Date: April 18, 2013
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Free entrance by prior registration only. Register here

Nuruddin is winner of the Neustadt International Prize for literature and the Lettre Ulysses Award, and has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature several times. His body of work includes two trilogies, Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship (1980) and Blood in the Sun (1986). His most recent novel, Crossbones, was published in 2011.
Nuruddin will be in conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina, the Founding Editor of Kwani Trust and author of the acclaimed memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place.

April 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm Leave a comment


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