Written by Beth Nduta
On Sunday the 3rd, I headed to the Railway Club to sample what Storymoja Hay Festival had in store for me. It was my first time and I expected a lot and that’s what I got. Once there, I was given my ticket and the program of the day. With tents here and there, I was spoilt for choice as everything was calling onto me.
I started with the Kenyan Buzz Tent where the Great Conversation was taking place. The panel was made up of talented writers; Betty Muraguri, Muthoni Garland from Kenya and Doreen Baingana from Uganda, writer/Poet, Sandra A. Mushi from Tanzania and Writer/Publisher Bjorn Lunden from Sweden. I sat down and learnt a lot about the perception and portrayal of desire in literary works. I also got to learn the experience of the writers in terms of self censorship and the portrayal of what it is to be African.
After this session was over, I moved to Transparency Kenya Tent where I watched two plays that portrayed the Kenya of before and the Kenya of now. The plays were performed by a team of great actors and I was at the edge of my seat as the play progressed.
At the British Council Marquee, I had the chance to meet Tony “Smitta” Mochama, Zephaniah Benjamin and Njeri Wangari, who enlightened me on the various aspects of poetry. I got to listen to some of the piece form these great writers. The Moderator Keguro Macharia made the event more interesting and the crowd, which was made up of students, other poets and teachers was very interactive.
After the session was over, I was able to buy some books at the books stands. Though I regret missing the events that took place on Saturday and Friday, I tremendously enjoyed my experience on Sunday and went home happy and educated with my books autographed by the authors.