The Storymoja Festival is a platform to showcase, discover and nurture local talent while providing an opportunity for interaction with international talent. This festival started out as a Nyama Choma Fiesta with a small gathering of 300 people in 2007, and has grown to a vibrant gathering of the greatest minds in Kenya and beyond, celebrating ideas and culture. The festival offerings are dynamic and diverse to cater for all age groups. Books are brought to life through poetry, storytelling, lively discussions with local and international artists, music, workshops, film and much more. In addition, topical issues such as health, careers, politics, technology, human rights, environment entrepreneurship and youth empowerment are presented in very interactive and stimulating sessions. The annual international festival will be held in Nairobi from 16th to 20th September 2015. In line with our
Dr. Keguro Macharia is a developmental editor and writer. He has over 15 years experience working with writers. He has taught a variety of courses in writing and literature at universities in the United States, and has written for academic and popular publications, including Wasafiri, Modern Fiction Studies, and the Guardian. Dr. Macharia is available to work with private clients.
APPLY NOW! An opportunity for 3 local talented, energetic, dynamic and highly motivated ladies & gentlemen to centrally contribute to and learn from being part of a team that will put together the premier edition of the Storymoja Festival in Nakuru (28th – 30th May). Storymoja Festival is an international event that brings together and celebrates critical thinkers and great minds in storytelling, ideas sharing, writing and contemporary culture. Due to the massive and dynamic nature of the festival, the selected reading revolutionaries will have an opportunity to explore their talents and abilities in a unique, exciting and stimulating work environment. They will be challenged to stretch their capabilities and gain experience by actively engaging with teachers, parents and students. To add value to the process, the interns will undergo a carefully designed training programme aimed at equipping them
“Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.” ~Marilyn Jager Adams Join us on 30th January 2015 at 9:00 am for 15 minutes as we read aloud with children in different schools. Who We Are Start A Library (www.startalibrary.org) is a Reading Revolution campaign initiated by Storymoja intended to: 1. Excite children about reading for pleasure through our Read Aloud events and Reading clubs. 2. Increase access to books by forming or stocking libraries in Primary Schools. There are more than 20,000 primary schools in Kenya without libraries. Our vision To get a book in every hand! Achievements to date In the two years we have been in existence, we have started 54 libraries! We have also run 4 Storymoja Read
Dr. Keguro Macharia is a developmental editor and writer. He has over 15 years experience working with writers in one-on-one and group settings. He has also taught a variety of courses in writing and literature at universities in the United States. Dr. Macharia has written for academic and popular publications, and his work appears in Wasafiri, Modern Fiction Studies, Callaloo, the East African, and the Guardian.
The Golden Baobab Prizes have announced the 2014 winners: Portia Dery, from Ghana wins the Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books with her story, Grandma’s List. Mary Ononokpono, from Nigeria, wins the Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books for her story,Talulah the Time Traveler. Xanele Puren, from South Africa, wins the inaugural Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators. The Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators is the biggest and most prestigious prize committed to discovering, nurturing and celebrating talented African illustrators of children’s stories. The 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes for Literature and Illustration received nearly 300 submissions from writers and illustrators across Africa. The longlist for the literature prizes was announced early September and showcased 11 stories, selected from 6 African countries. The shortlist followed late October with 11 stories from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and
PURPOSE OF INTERNSHIP To provide an opportunity for 30 talented, energetic, dynamic and highly motivated ladies & gentlemen to centrally contribute to and learn from being part of a team that will put together the PREMIERE Storymoja Festival- Careerpedia edition in Nakuru. Due to the massive and dynamic nature of the festival, the selected interns will have an opportunity to explore their talents and abilities in a unique, exciting and stimulating work environment. They will be challenged to stretch their capabilities and gain experience. To add value to the process, the interns will undergo a carefully designed training programme aimed at enhancing various competencies. REQUIREMENTS Are you a creative mind who is discombobulated by the status quo in Kenya? Do the devastating statistics about the current state of literacy give you sleepless nights? Do you turn blue with
We are inviting applications for the 7th Edition of the Storymoja Festival from 16th – 20th September 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya; and the Premier of theStorymoja Festival – Careerpedia Edition in Nakuru, Kenya on 28th & 29th May 2015. Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the festival (to get a better feel about our programme check our archived programmes from 2014 or 2013). Step 2: Fill in the application below and clearly indicate which festival you are applying for. Kindly note that you are free to apply for both festivals. Step 3: Submit your application by 15th January 2015. Step 4: Spread the word! We are totally mad about books and crazy about infecting others with a passion for reading. Please like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. Become a Storymoja reading ambassador and share news about our
In September, writers and readers gathered at Storymoja, an annual literary festival in Africa. A celebration of books and ideas, it was also a time to remember Ghanaian poet Kofi Awooner, one of the 67 victims of the Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi one year ago. Jeffrey Brown reports on new voices of African literature and the future of literacy in Kenya. Transcript: Storymoja festival celebrates flourishing African literature.
Deadline for Application: 30th October 2014