Highlights from SHFK 2009. Watch this to have an idea of what to expect this year. Also, keep an eye on the Storymoja Blog and Website for details of schedules, speaker / session leader profiles, and special guest profiles.
Joanne is 15 years old. She is a Form 2 student at Precious Blood Secondary School. She recently went to Hay-on-Wye, in the UK, to attend the Guradian Hay Festival. The trip was as a result of winning The Storymoja Hay Festival Storytelling Competition with her story about conforming to technology. When I asked her about herself, she told me: “Joanne is your basic average girl who has a touch of uniqueness in her, a pinch of serenity in her actions, and a dose of finality in her speech, sounds like something from a fortune cookie so I’ll make it a bit more real. Joanne is a noisy and talkative girl who is apparently funny. [I have learnt to take being humorous as a complement though I am not aware of its extent or confines considering that when I crack
6th June 2010 Beautiful Sunday morning as usual the sun is up as early. Due to the previous late night I really did not want to get up immediately… maybe a few more winks? Maybe not…I definitely wanted to see more of the Festival. Actually most of the festival was over since it was the last day of the great 10 day relay of events. A quick warm shower, then breakfast did the trick for both Muthoni and I. We then walked to the festival which was only 10 minutes away from the hotel. We were clearly not the only ones with a longing for the final day as a slightly larger number of people than the previous day had come to mark the final day [I’d like to believe they were not trying to dodge Sunday Mass]. We got
5th June 2010 After the 8hr flight I was finally in the United Kingdom, at Heathrow Airport. It was a little bit hard to believe considering I’d been asleep most of the flight. I thought maybe I was getting delirious. The landing of the plane made my arrival more factual than imaginary. I also had to reset my watch which was 3hrs ahead , Kenyan time. I must say that Heathrow Airport beat my expectation. Having only Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [which is also big in its own right] in mind you could say that my imagination was quite limited in regard to my expectation of Heathrow Airport. As it turns out Heathrow is much larger and more spacious than JKIA. It is made up of more storeys in comparison and it is more developed in terms of technology. Just
4th of June 2010 After a hectic day of going up and down searching for what I may need during the trip, I had finally finished and it was time to go to the airport. My mother looked more nervous than I felt ; she kept on urging me to hurry up! I understood, she did want me to get late. Living on the farthest end of Thika road doesn’t make life any easier. The fact it is being reconstructed make it even worse! Our journey to the airport wasn’t much fun, that’s for sure. The tedious traffic jam and chaotic Matatus along the road, made me very worried that we wouldn’t make it. I was more than glad when we reached the airport where Mrs Muthoni Garland the director of Storymoja was anxiously waiting for me. After exchanging formalities
Did you miss the Storymoja Hay Festival? Chris Lyimo tells you what the experience was like forhim in this report of all three days that he was at the SHFK.
Organizing a 3-day literary festival for the first time is a very difficult thing but it is more difficult if you have never attended such an event.
Its rather chilly – its July anyway – and there are not that many people on the opening day, maybe due to the fact that it is a weekday. I am sure place will be teeming with humanity today and tomorrow, what with all the hype and publicity that has surrounded the event.
What a joy it was to find that not only did the festival fulfill all my expectations but that all the authors I meet were super encouraging. I left the festival with ideas streaming out of my ears and feeling very positive about the potential of being a writer at this moment of time in Kenya, despite the hurdles.
This was one of the last activities. We opened with a very interesting topic “How does your sexuality change as you grow older?” Very interesting insights from the audience…