It is my belief that some of you dear Storymoja Readers, know a lot more than I do on this topic. So I beg of you to exercise patience, correct me where I am wrong, and guide me in my discovery. As for everyone else, I hope you enjoy this journey as much as I know I will. Grab your gear, we are going up!
It strikes me that I am sweating, so I stop, put down my sack of plastic bottles…
There was a joke, and I hated it; that if you wanted to hide money from a black Kenyan, you’d just have to hide it in a book. I grew up on books. My mother made sure I had books. My brothers loved to read. By the time I was 7 I wanted to read what my brothers 10+ years older than me, and my cousins were reading. I remember them hiding their crime and romance novels from me and me developing a system for keeping track of them so I’d know where they possibly might have hid them. Basically, if you want to hide money from me, make sure it’s in a book that I have already read and expressed a low opinion of its content. Otherwise, books don’t remain unread in my house, and I reread the ones
I take the first step. Glance at the clock above me. Two o’clock on the dot. My heart …
I’ll begin this by acknowledging comments made by a few of you readers on last week’s blog.
Earlier in the post, while explaining the birth of Urban Fiction, I had noted this: The premise of this genre of writing was based on the fact that anyone outside of the culture depicted cannot accurately describe the people, settings, and events experienced by people in that culture.
Dusk is falling over the city like a blanket. I don’t know what time it is. I don’t have a watch but I can always rely on the city clock, if it is working. But on this particular evening, the city clock’s face is dressed in campaign posters.
What: Jane Bussman’s Comedy Show.
Where: Casablanca, Lennana road. Doors open at 6:30pm.
How much: Tickets are KES1,000 in advance and KES 1,500 at the door
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The event brought together two generations of litterateurs, with Caine Prize winner Binyavanga Wainaina in conversation with his aunt Rebeka Njau, veteran Kenyan playwright and novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o in conversation with his son Mukoma wa Ngugi, author of the detective novel Nairobi Heat.
3 stories submitted for the Short Urban Narratives exhibition. Read, vote and comment about how much these stories fit into the urban fiction category. Have fun while you are at it!
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Please note that we will continue to accept submissions of children’s books.