Edwin Baru has been announced as the winner of the Storymoja Hay Festival Twitter Contest! Congratulations Edwin!
Two athletes, Mary Nakhumitsa and Abdelkader Benali sat with the British High Commissioner to Kenya and discussed their triumphs on and off the track.
Written by Clifton Gachagua Ben Okri started off by saying it was a pleasure to be in Kenya. This was his first visit. He felt in retrospect that he should have left his home country Nigeria in his 20s and visited the whole of Africa with only a notebook and some biros. He termed the Storymoja Hay festival as one of the most important festivals in Africa with stimulates literature, the sharing of ideas and the meeting of minds and spirits. He started off by reading My Mother Sleeps. Then he read The Difficulty of Seeing. While explaining the latter poem, he said that one of his biggest interests was the paradox of seeing. That seeing is not just opening one’s eyes. The he read The Rhino. A poem made of four lines. At one time, school children in
Sharon Omangi, Raphael Kariuki and Stephen Mwangi are the creative brains behind the Pods Must Be Crazy (PMBC). The Pods Must be Crazy, are what the name implies; out of the ordinary, eccentric podcasts about anything and everything…
George I of Great Britain said, “I hate all Boets and Bainters.” Ben Okri believes that poets and painters have a lot in common.
Poetry Masterclass: Teenage students from St Peter Kibukosya in Kisumu and Nairobi Primary School, who formed a big percentage of the audience, were able to experience read out poetry from none other than leading Kenyan poet Njeri Wangari.
A storytelling session by Ogutu Moraya was underway and the rapt expressions on the faces of pupils from Ayany and Makini Primary Schools told it all. A powerful performance no doubt, packed with symbolism. “The story is about…
Neil Shah’s session, which was a four hour event divided into two sessions, was termed “The Secret to Success in Business and Life.” The first session consisted of activities in which individuals were asked to share their dreams and aspirations …
Poem by Oluoch Madiang’ Clutching my famished book at the Hay The literary fool in me feared the worst As I watched Andrea Bohnstedt walk her doglet. What if Okri Had graced the Hay with a leash in hand And poor Azaro at its end? What if I found, I feared, that The famishing magician was stacked in a corner Where mum’s swept bare-teethed dead rats lay? So I sneaked to Okri’s corner tent, Jumping lines of Okri worshippers wielding famished books, To check if Okri autographed with a spirit broom – As Azaro ushered mortals to his Master. But lo! See what the pop-eyed foolish sleuth in me finds! That Okri has a nose and a mouth And a true hand that writes And lips that stretch in genuine smile. And that the many roads Okri has famished, Happily
For the past 10 years, Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte have been running a story telling gig to get people on stage to tell their stories in San Francisco. They bring this new form of expression into Kenya through the Storymoja Hay Festival