Nairobi | April 19, 2009

Kwani Trust is inviting you to Sunday Salon on Sunday 19th April 2009 7pm at Kengeles Lavington, Lavington Green for a special evening of readings from Jambula Tree and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing, 8th Annual Collection, published 2008.

Titled after the short story by the 8th winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, Uganda’s Monica Arac de Nyeko, the Jambula Tree anthology contains the latest in African writing with a selection of stories from across the continent. The book includes 18 short stories– the winner and shortlist (5 stories) plus 12 stories written at the Caine Prize writers workshop held in April 2008 in South Africa. …

Nairobi | March 8, 2009

This month’s Sunday Salon will feature poetry and prose readings from Kenya’s premier literary magazine Kwani? 05. (Part 1 is already in bookstores!) The featured writers will be: Neema Mawiyoo, Mike Kwambo, Wilson Wahome, Muthoni Garland, and Samuel Munene.

Mshai Mwangola will host the night and will read poetry from Stephen Partington and Marjorie Oludhe.

Neema Ngwatilo Mawiyoo grew up singing in church in Nairobi, Kenya, but it was while at university that Ngwatilo’s relationship with music took a definitive turn. She embarked on a quest for self that took her to Johannesburg, South Africa to study the …

Nairobi | December 21, 2008

Join Sunday Salon Nairobi on December 21st at Kengeles Lavington for a special gathering of writers: Billy Kahora, David Kaiza and Muthoni Garland reading from Kwani? 05 with Zukiswa from Zimbabwe and mellow music from June Gachui.

Billy Kahora is Kwani? and Special Projects Editor. He also writes fiction and has recently completed an MS.c in Creative Writing with distinction and as a Chevening Scholar at the University of Edinburgh.
Billy studied and worked in South Africa for 8 years. After leaving South Africa Billy wrote ‘The True Story of David Munyakei’, an extended non-fiction piece with literary elements for Kwani? and joined the organization to spearhead a new kind …

Nairobi | October 19, 2008

Four readers, four unique voices, in a tranquil outdoor setting. An evening of entertainment for discerning lovers of the written word. Sarah Simons has a postgraduate background is education, development studies and forensic criminology. She is a trained crime investigator specializing in mapping analysis and research. Now venturing into crime fiction, she likes writing with a strong African flavour. She lives in Nairobi with her Dutch husband and two very sportive teenage children.

Isabella Mugo is 23 years old. She has just completed four years as the University of Nairobi, pursuing a degree in Literature and Sociology. She loves to read and write, among very many other things.

Renee Mboya writes for …

Nairobi | Sept. 21, 2008

Four readers, four unique voices, in a tranquil outdoor setting. An evening of entertainment for discerning lovers of the written word.

Onduko bw’ Atebe emerged on the literary scene late 2005 with the publication of his book: The Verdict of Death. In 2006, the book was nominated and went on to win the biggest prize in the country – The Whome Mutahi Literary Award.

A fervent believer in the writing and reading faith, Atebe has since then gone on to join and work with other writers and writers’ organizations that profess, promote and spread the gospel. He is the Secretary General of the Kenya Organization of Writers’ Association (KOWA) He is also …

Nairobi | August 3, 2008

Nairobi’s coolest prose reading series is gonna get hot this Sunday with the sizzling literary talents of four Kenyan and Ugandan writers, including contributors to the anthology: Missionaries, Mercenaries, and Misfits.

David Kaiza is a Ugandan writer based in Kampala. After working as a journalist for several years with the Daily Monitor, he took a two year hiatus from writing and became a metal worker. This story marks his return to the pen.

Trained as a journalist, Stanley Gazemba lives in Kangemi, Nairobi and writes for Sunday Nation and Msanii Magazine. He is the author of The Stone Hills of Maragoli, …

Nairobi | July 20, 2008

Four readers, four unique voices, in a tranquil outdoor setting. An evening of entertainment for discerning lovers of the written word.

Gitura Kamau is a young Nairobi theatre and film actor who has recently begun to direct his own movies. His first feature film, “Wangai’s Cross,” was shot in Nairobi and premiered June 18th, 2008. Kamau is currently involved in several film projects, including his second film, “Odohoz.”

Makena Ringera (formerly known to use ‘Jackline’ but discarded it after discovering herself to be African) took pen to paper at age 15. The result of that effort was ‘The Mystery of the Twin Webs’, a fantasy novel laced with thrilling adventures, a pinch …

Ghana | July 14, 2008

Join us in Kokrobitey, Ghana at the Kokrobitey Coastal Village Retreat on July 14 at 7 p.m. for poetry readings from Matthew Sharpe, Salini Gidoomal, Fran Gordon and an open mic session. Music will be provided by Grandmaster Masese.

Ghana | July 6, 2008

As part of the inaugural Pan African Literary Forum (PALF) there will be two special Sunday Salon readings in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, West Africa. The two events will feature prose as well as poetry from renowned writers of diverse backgrounds. In addition to the current sister series’ locations in New York, Chicago, and Nairobi, Kenya, these events in Ghana, hosted by June Wanjiru Wainaina, may bring to birth Sunday Salon readings in new landscapes. Join us in Accra, Ghana at 7 p.m. on July 6th, Jazz Tome, at The Chelsea Hotel and enjoy these readers:

Dr. …

Nairobi Reading Excerpt: The Obama Look by Samuel Munene

It is amazing how easy it is for us to judge people by first appearances. We look at what they wear, what they drive or even how they smile and make instant conclusions. Perhaps we have so much in our minds, leaving us no room to dig deeper before making any assumptions.

Hand in hand with this is the distrust we have cultivated between us. The very first minutes of any conversation are filled with suscipiscion, doubting every word being said. It is as if the truth no longer exists. This is not surprising considering most of us are dishonest and think everybody is the same. There are some of us, …

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