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
The Reality Check! Series is a book series meant for teens and young adults (13 – 19 years of age). Through entertaining and thought provoking stories, the series explores and demonstrates various life skills through teenage eyes and experiences. The main characters are teens from East Africa who are facing contemporary challenges recognizable to teens living in Africa. The stories go beyond action and drama by forcing the main character to explore their emotions and grow. Although the stories are fiction, they should be believable. The more the writer can tap into the their memories and experiences of being a teenager, and the more they use their senses to describe people and settings who seem real, the more the reader can identify with, be moved and learn from the story. In the stories, ordinary youth face challenges that demand decisions
The Storymoja Festival in partnership with Hisia Zangu Poetry is pleased to announce the 2014 Storymoja Festival Page Poetry Shortlist! An Urgent Poem by Sanya Noel (Read) O Pendulum, Go Slow by Achieng’ Em (Read) Nairobi’s Nightlife by Wanjala Njalale (Read) Kenyan Love Poem by Wudz (Read) Crying for a Death Bed by Bantu Kivai (Read) The Shortlisted Poems will showcase at Kenyan to the Kore at the Storymoja Festival. The winning poem will also be announced at this event. The 2014 Storymoja Festival Page Poetry judges were: Richie Maccs Clifton Gachagua Stephen Derwent Partington Dr. Neal Hall. Prizes: Longlist 10: Season Pass to Storymoja Festival & Free Access to One Masterclass. Shortlist 5: Kwame Dawes’ Poetry Masterclass at the Storymoja Festival 2014. Showcase Poetry at the Kenyan to the Kore at Storymoja Festival. Overall Winner: A signed copy of
After many conversations, discussions, and votes to reach a consensus the judges to the Storymoja Festival / Hisia Zangu Page Poetry Contest Richie Maccs, Clifton Gachagua and Stephen Derwent Partington are finally ready to announce the contest longlist. The Longlist is (in no particular order): 1. AN URGENT POEM – SANYA NOEL 2. BLACK THE COLOUR OF MY NATION – COLLETA KHAEMBA 3. CRYING FOR A DEATH BED -BANTU KIVAI 4. I AM NOT MY TRIBE – ERIC ONYANGO OTIENO 5. KENYA – EDDY ONGILI 6. KENYAN LOVE POEM – WUDZ 7. MY LAND – MARY WANJIRU NYOKABI 8. NAIROBI’S NIGHTLIFE – WANJALA NJALALE 9. PENDULUM, GO SLOW – ACHIENG EM 10. TO BE AFRICAN – ERASTUS MWONJORIA HINGA Bonus 11. WHERE I COME FROM – GALGALO ABDULLA GALGALO Congratulations to all whose poems made the
Masterclass: The Inner Life of Sentences – A Fiction Masterclass With: Okwiri Oduor and Teju Cole Time: Fri 19th September 2pm – 5pm Venue: Nairobi National Museum Not all narratives are equally memorable. How does a story go from something that is simply told to something that takes hold of the reader and won’t let go? Okwiri and Teju will work with twenty-five students to show how editing can help transform an ordinary story into something special. Okwiri Oduor is the winner of the 2014 Caine Prize for her short story “My Father’s Head”. She is a 2014 MacDowell Colony fellow. Okwiri Oduor published her first novella, “The Dream Chasers”, in 2011. It was highly commended by the Commonwealth Book Prize, 2012. She is currently at work on her debut novel. Teju Cole is writer, art historian, street photographer and the