Nairobi | April 20, 2008 : Sunday Salon

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 book, To Grasp at A Star was published by East African Education publishers and has since won the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for fiction in 2007

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 role of Kwaito music in shaping post-apartheid urban youth identity. There Ngwatilo found the stuff of poems spewing out of impassioned exchanges with friends, thick in the air at a particular Jozi reading, and alone with her on the road between Venda and Johannesburg. There was little to do but hold on.( )


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