Nairobi Reading Excerpt: A Glimpse of Life

Here’s a excerpt of Ken Kamoche’s reading at Salon Narobi titled A Glimpse of Life, 2nd prize winner of the Olaudah Equiano Prize for African Fiction, 2007.

“As a man you can’t understand this. To you, it’s simply a problem. But hey, don’t worry, I’m not going to get you into any trouble. I can handle this on my own. I don’t need your help.”

Her stinging remarks and her demeanor make my insides cramp up. She makes it sound as if I don’t care if there’s a child growing up in China believing cowardly daddy ran away back to Africa, unwilling to face up to his responsibilities. She thinks I can …

Nairobi | June 15, 2008

A literary evening with a government worker, a professor, a freelance writer, and a former drug trafficker? Indeed, it’s happening at the next Salon Nairobi!

deadly money maker Nairobi | June 15, 2008Judy Akinyi aka Saga McOdongo was a teacher at the Kenya Polytechnic until 2001 when she was introduced to drug trafficking by one of the most feared operators in the murky business at the time. She was jailed for 11 years for trafficking in drugs but the sentence was commuted on appeal. She was recently released from prison.

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Samuel Munene is a young Nairobi poet, short story writer, and contributor to Kwani? as well as …

Nairobi | May 18, 2008

The literary talent is bursting at the seams in Kenya. Poets, writers, and a vodka connoisseur keep it real at the next Sunday Salon Nairobi!

Alison Ojany Owuor is a young published poet who has presented her work in different public forums. She got her voters card and also graduated from college late last year. She is looking for three things: meaningful work, Kenyans who are of the ethnic group enyan, and hopeful imaginings in red, green, white and black.

molo 188x300 Nairobi | May 18, 2008Kinyanjui Kombani is a graduate of Kenyatta University. His book, The Last Villains of Molo was born out of Kinyanjui’s experiences both …

Nairobi | April 20, 2008

Nairobi glows incandescent with four more writers at this month’s reading. The luminary literary lineup includes: an architect turned journalist, a travel writer from Canada, a prize-winning fiction writer, and a singer/poet.

Millicent Muthoni is a trained architect turned journalist in real estate and a columnist with the Standard. Her short story was published in the Caine Prize anthology, Jambula Tree and other Stories, 2007.

Arno Kopecky is a freelance journalist and travel writer from Vancouver, Canada. He is based in Nairobi and is an editor at Kwani

Kingwa Kamencu is a journalist writing for the Media Institute’s magazine- Expression Today (ET) and a contributor with ‘The Standard’ newspaper. Her first …

Nairobi | March 16, 2008

More writers, more stories, more of Kenya’s finest: Judy Kibinge, Barrack Muluka, Shalini Gidoomal, Dr. Patrick “PLO” Lumumba. Four unique voices in a tranquil outdoor setting. All Sunday Salon Alumni are entitled to one free entry ticket.

Nairobi | Feb 17, 2008

At this special “Let Peace Prevail” reading, four writers will share their fiction and non-fiction stories of the recent election in Kenya and its aftermath. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross towards the internally displaced families.

Simiyu Barasa
Parselelo Kantai
Charles A. Matathia
Professor Wambui Mwangi

Nairobi | Fall 2007

Wairimu Waithaka is a soon to be graduate of the University of Nairobi’s School of Medicine. A student of the universe, her stories are based on life experiences seen through her eyes and those of others. ‘Kamikaze Soul’ is her first, mature (hopefully so) piece, only recently completed because after writing the first paragraph, “I got writer’s block until five or so years later”. It is a life story told in three pages. Her other piece, ‘The Mist’ is a mystery laced with subtle comedy; “I like to mix things that conventionally shouldn’t be together, like jam and ham”.
Dickson started his career at Level One Productions (Nairobi, Kenya), where he …

Nairobi | June 2007

Al Kags is the publisher of The Quarterly Colour Series of Poetry, a poetry ebook series that is now distributed virally to over 160,000 people all over the world. He has been writing since he was twelve and has been a regular columnist and feature writer in various publications both in Kenya and Internationally. For a day job, Al Kags is the Chief Executive of Multiple Choices, the first web 2.0 communications company in Africa and a facilitator for Brandscape Online Foundation, specializing in new media and online brands. http://alkags.wordpress.com

Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of two collections of poetry, Stellar Places (Moyer Bell 2007) and Harbors and Spirits (Moyer …

Nairobi | May 2007

Suhaila Abu Cross. Born in Nairobi a long time ago of Ugandan/English heritage, she was brought up at the coast of Kenya and schooled at Loreto, Makerere and UC Santa Cruz. Having lived and worked all over the world she has now settled back where she started, in Mombasa .

After four children and several marriages she is now dedicating time and energy to lifelong sublimated passion to write. First time around she co-wrote a play for German theatre and radio with the founder of Green Party, Günter Groeshel. She contributed a regular column for Msafiri, the Kenya Airways in-flight magazine, for several years. She also works in film and has …

Nairobi | April 2007

Father Joseph Healey, M.M. is an American Maryknoll missionary priest who has lived in East Africa since 1968 and presently is based in Nairobi, Kenya . He is a trained journalist and now mainly a writer and storyteller. He animates Small Christian Communities in Eastern Africa . He has written many books and articles in English and Swahili on African culture, inculturation, SCCs and mission such as Once Upon a Time in Africa: Stories of Wisdom and Joy and African Stories for Preachers and Teachers. He is the Moderator of the African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories Website (www.afriprov.org).

Judy Kibinge was born in Nairobi in 1967. Her family left for Washington …

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