The Editor’s Pick this week is Freedom’s Ribbon: With a sudden jerk, his hands went to work over his stomach, scratching furiously through his shirt. The bites itched so bad, he thought his body was on fire… Read it, and then vote, prove me wrong or right.
With a sudden jerk, his hands went to work over his stomach, scratching furiously through his shirt. The bites itched so bad, he thought his body was on fire.
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.
For the talented group that was present, I’m sure that with an opening statement like that, you’ve already deduced what session I’m referring to; The “Writing about Whistleblowing” seminar.
This week’s editor’s surprise was elicited by Claudette Oduor’s Red Bindi on Diwali: Mami and the aunts were outraged. At first they hadn’t liked Namunyak because she did not own a sari. When I bought Namunyak a choli, sari, and salwar kameej, they didn’t like her because I placed a red bindi on her forehead…..
You are probably wondering why this note was titled The Red Bindi on Diwali. Well, from now on when you send in your short stories to the writer’s blog, I will pick out one of them to feature throughout the week.
“I remember speaking to one of the parents,” Aleya said. “She couldn’t get her son to read. But after the project, he couldn’t put his newly published book away. He read it over and over again, and just like that, he picked up other books and began to read.”
The poetic world was represented by a selection of very good poets: Khainga Okwemba, Phyllis Muthoni, Stephen Partington, Njeri Wangari, Tony Mochama, Keguro Macharia, and the UK’s Benjamin Zephaniah.
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Jinna Mutune is in the process of making a film called Leo. The cast of the film include Paddy (anyone who remembers Fresh Freddy definitely knows who Paddy is), Atemi and a young, supremely intelligent boy named Trevor.