Our flagship publication, Kwani?, is a journal founded by some of Kenya’s most exciting new writers and has 6 print editions to date, each containing more than 300 pages of new journalism, fiction, experimental writing, poetry, cartoons, photographs, cutting edge academic papers, ideas, literary travel writing & creative non-fiction.
Kwani? has always been significantly connected to the Diaspora through the individuals who founded it, and its early contributors. Its seventh issue picks up the idea of leaving and of return, something that has framed the conversations and hybrid identities of many Kwani? writers. Kwani? 07...
Our pocket-sized series; Kwanini?, contains bite-sized stories told by the best contemporary writers and artists in Africa - Chimamanda Adichie, Yvonne Owuor, Binyavanga Wainaina, Parselelo Kantai, Richard Onyango and Enock Ondego.
" Always use the word 'Africa' or 'Darkness' or 'Safari' in your title. Subtitles may include the words 'Zanzibar', 'Masai', 'Zulu', 'Zambezi', 'Congo', 'Nile', 'Big', 'Sky', 'Shadow', 'Drum', 'Sun' or 'Bygone'. Also useful are words such as 'Guerillas', 'Timeless', 'Primordial' and 'Tribal'....
The Kwani? Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction Series include titles such as The True Story of David Munyakei by Billy Kahora, Kizuizini by Joseph Muthee, Tale of Kasaya by Eva Kasaya, a re-issue of The Stonehills of Maragoli by Stanley Gazemba and To Be A Man.
In contemporary Nairobi, a young man named Moses Odidi Oganda bleeds to death in the streets, murdered by police.As his lifeblood—full of memories, colors, and songs—pours into the dust, the stories that tumble forth reveal the violent upheaval of Kenya's own life, reaching from the Mau...
A new series of photography books was launched in 2009 with the publication of Kenya Burning, focusing on the post election violence. Upcoming titles in this series include 24 Nairobi, a title documenting various aspects of life in the city within 24-hour span.
8 Nairobi photographers and writers present a celebration of their city through the themes of Death, movement, spirituality, nightlife, and music - through the lens of a camera. This collection also offers a selection of photographs of different aspects of Nairobi life. Accompanying this is an...
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11.00 a.m - 1.00 p.m, Sunday, Sep 20th: Writers and The Coast: On Devolution, Terror, Insecurity and Religion
Join our panel of writers Ngala Chome, Stambouli Nassir, Usama Goldsmith and Jackie Lebo in a conversation about ongoing Kwani work at the Coast.Kwani? has been in the region for the last 6 months with a view to publish work in our flagship journal. The discussion will be moderated by Kwani? Managing Editor, Billy Kahora.
We are pleased to inform you that Kwani Trust has selected 11 writers for the 2015 fiction workshop to be held June 17th-23rd 2015 in Mombasa at the French Cultural Centre. Following Kwani?’s pursuit of developing new contemporary fiction, this workshop will incubate writing from 11 emerging voices.
This workshop is part of Kwani Trust’s plans in putting together a collection of essays, fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, testimonials, and photography based on the Coast Region.
Date: Saturday 28 June 2014
Time: 5pm - 9pm
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium - Nairobi National Museum
The killings in Mpeketoni on 15 and 16 June are the latest in a series of violent events that are challenging the security of Kenya and the East Africa region more broadly. The words 'terrorism', 'assassinations', 'tribal clashes', 'violent crime', 'domestic violence' regularly appear in mainstream and social media headlines. Traumatic pictures of the aftermath fill the newspapers and TV screens. Kenya is no stranger to violent conflict, as the 2008 post-election violence attests to, but some analysts see the current resurgence as something new. There is no shortage of views on the causes of the current insecurity. Some blame external threats, religious ideology, identity, resource competition, youth unemployment, marginalisation, political intrigue, corruption and inefficiency of the security services. Others point to a failure of collective responsibility.
Award-winning Ugandan writer, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi will launch her debut novel Kintu in Kampala tomorrow on Wednesday, 18th June 2014. This bold and ambitious novel won the 2013 Kwani Manuscript Project, a new literary prize for unpublished fiction by African writers. The book is the first of a series of novels coming out of the Kwani? Manuscript Project that will be published by Kwani Trust over the next two years.
Nuruddin Farah in conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina