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Kwani? Writers in Conversation: Meet the Jaladans

Other Events

Kwani? Writers in Conversation: Meet the Jaladans

Event: Writers in Conversation: Meet the Jaladans

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014

Time: 2:00pm - 4pm

Venue: The 17th Nairobi International Book Fair 2014, Sarit Centre, Exhibition Hall

Moderator: Clifton Gachagua


Kwani Trust hosts writer Clifton Gachagua as he leads a conversation with Linda MusitaMehul Gohil and Ndinda Kioko on their involvement in pan-African writers’ collective, Jalada. These three writers are fresh and exciting voices in Kenya’s literary scene and are among Africa 39, a list of the 39 most promising fiction writers from Africa. They will read excerpts from their writings and discuss how the online platform has impacted their work. Follow discussion on Twitter #NIBF and @kwanitrust

Ndinda Kioko is a Kenyan writer and filmmaker whose short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines and anthologies. Her story Death at the End of the Bougainvillea is published by Jalada Africa. Other works appear in publications including Fresh Paint - Literary Vignettes by Kenyan Women. Ndinda was recently listed in the Africa39 project, a selection of 39 writers under the age of 40 from Africa who have potential and talent to define the trends that will mark the future development of literature in Africa. She is currently working on her debut novel and producing a television series for M-net. Twitter: @ndinda_



Clifton Gachagua is the winner of the Sillerman Prize for African Poetry, 2013. He has recently published a volume of poetry, 'Madman at Kilifi' (University of Nebraska Press) and appears in a chapbook box set, Seven New Generation African Poets (University of Nebraska Press). He was recently selected for Africa39, a selection of the most promising 39 authors under the age of 40 from Sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora. Clifton works at Kwani? as an assistant editor. Twitter: @cliftongachagua


Linda Musita is an Africa39 author and a member of the Jalada Africa Writers’ Collective. She loves books, to read and to keep, and hopes that some day soon her name will be on the cover of one. Twitter: @ivorypunk



Mehul Gohil is a writer born and living in Nairobi, Kenya. He won the ‘Kenya I Live In’ short story competition organized in 2010 by Kwani Trust for his short story ‘Farah Aideed Goes To Gulf War’. He has previously been published in Kwani 06. When he is not writing, Gohil enjoys a good game of chess and playing for the Kenya National Chess Team. Twitter: @mehulgorilla

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