Storymoja is throwing a sexy singles’ soiree this Valentines Day. So if you are single, grab your sexiest single friend (of the opposite sex), your hottest dancing shoes and make your way over to the Southern Sun Mayfair…who knows, you may just leave with a different date.
Let’s break the world record…in reading on Thursday, 31st January 2013 Kenyan children read aloud to promote national unity prior to the general elections 12% of Kenyan children in primary school have actively been part of a conversation about kicking another community out of their neighbourhood. A third of the children feel their tribe is superior to the others. These are some of the findings from the Kenya Human Rights Commission’s 2012 Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Study. (Read here) Partners join forces for peace It’s with this in mind that Storymoja’s ‘Start-A-Library’ initiative in partnership with the Kenya Human Rights Commission, Pamoja Kwa Haki, EMACK (Education for Marginalized Children in Kenya project funded through the Aga Khan Foundation and USAID), the Nairobi City Council, the Humanist Centre of Kenya and the Kenya National Library Service joined forces to organize the
Do join us at the Kenya National Museum this weekend, the 15th and 16th of December, 2012. Tickets are only 500/- available from the National Museum Hotline number: 0727 105 859 and from Naijeria Toweett on 0728 593 127. Show times are at 4pm and 7pm each day. Wanawake wa Heri wa Winsa! Kenya Tour Back from a successful International Tour of India, The Theatre Company will present Wanawake wa Heri wa Winsa – A Swahili translation of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor at the Nairobi National Museum Amphitheatre on the 15th and 16th of December 2012 at 4pm and 7 pm daily. Tickets for the show cost Ksh 500/-. Synopsis : The play is set in Kiambu County in the plush environs of Windsor, Falstaff makes his love and desires known not to one but two married women in identical letters. Upon comparison Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page plot their revenge on Falstaff for being
Words without Borders (www.wordswithoutborders.org), an online magazine of international literature in English translation, seeks submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for an issue of African women’s writing. Submissions must have been written in a language other than English and may not have already been published in English translation. We will consider up to five poems from a single contributor. Fiction and nonfiction typically run 1500 to 3500 words. We prefer short stories, but will consider novel extracts that stand as independent pieces. Submissions must include a biographical summary of the author and information on the original publication and background of the piece. Translators need not secure rights, but should ascertain that rights are available. Authors may submit untranslated works with summaries. We offer honoraria to authors and translators. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2012. Please send queries and submissions
To celebrate the African novel and its adaptability and resilience, Kwani Trust announces a one-off new literary prize for African writing. The Kwani? Manuscript Project calls for the submission of unpublished fiction manuscripts from African writers across the continent and in the Diaspora. The prize seeks fresh, original work that explores and challenges the possibilities of the novel. The top 3 manuscripts will be awarded cash prizes: 1st Prize: 300,000 KShs (equivalent to $3500) 2nd Prize: 150,000 KShs 3rd Prize: 75,000 KShs In addition Kwani? will publish manuscripts from across the shortlist and longlist, including the three winning manuscripts, as well as partnering with regional and global agents and publishing houses to create high profile international publication opportunities. Winners will be announced in December 2012 at the Kwani? Litfest. For more information go to: http://manuscript.kwani.org/ Submission Guidelines: • Deadline 20th August
Writers! Poets! Playrights! Scribes of all sorts! This is your chance to have your manuscripts critiqued by experts! WHERE: STORYMOJA HAY FESTIVAL RAILWAYS CLUB GROUNDS WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2ND 11:30am – 1:30pm You all practice the written word, but how do you perfect it? By showing your writing to experts and getting feedback. Now is your chance! A team of expert editors of all genres of writing will be on hand to peruse your manuscripts and give you instant editing advice and writing tips. You will find out what works and what doesn’t and how to refine your creative ideas. Come with 5 to 10 TYPED pages of your manuscript. Experts include: A. Igoni Barrett (Nigeria). He is the author of the short story collection From Caves of Rotten Teeth and winner of the 2005 BBC World Service short story competition. He
Storymoja and Maria’s Libraries have come together to make it possible for you to be part of this reading revolution. How can you help?
… one has to focus on what the book will be about, who your reader is and then write and revise as much as you can. When you are done, find yourself a good editor. She dispels this notion of “a poor reading culture’ by saying many people are going back to do MBAs and they need books to buy.
Fahamu Books publishes a growing list of book titles on human rights, social justice, politics and advocacy in Africa