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Kwani? Sunday Salon May 2015


Kwani? Sunday Salon will feature readings and conversations with 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature winner, Songeziwe Mahlangu and celebrated Kenyan writer, Henry Ole Kulet. There will be poetry performances, live music by Sage and readings from the new Chimurenga by Caine Prize winner Yvonne Owour, historian Ngala Chome and Kwani Trust Managing Editor Billy Kahora.

Date: Sunday, May 3rd
Time: 3pm
Venue: Kwani? Trust Office Gardens, Riverside Drive
Entry: FREE


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PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature | Monday 4th Sunday 10th May 2015 | New York
04/05/2015 - 10/05/2015

Celebrate the transformative power of the written word as 100 writers from 30 countries gather in New York for the 11th Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature. This year's programme, co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and with programming input from Kwani Trust, takes you beyond the news by providing a rare chance to hear voices and perspectives from contemporary Africa and its diaspora. Join in a wide range of debates, readings, workshops, and performances in venues from Lower Manhattan and Harlem

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Africa Poetry Library Launch | 5pm, Thursday 30th April 2015

Goethe-Institut Auditorium Monrovia Street Admission: Free

The African Poetry Library, an initiative of the African Poetry Book Fund, is a collaborative venture to establish accessible and user-friendly small poetry libraries on the African continent to support aspiring and established poets and to give them access to contemporary poetry in books and journals, and to serve as a resource for poets interested in publication in Africa and around the world.

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Chimurenga Chronic launch | 6pm, Thursday 23rd April 2015

Visual arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) 1st floor, King Kong Building, 6 Verwey Street, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg Admission: Free

Join us for a conversation with Ntone Edjabe (Chimurenga), Billy Kahora (Kwani Trust), Achille Mbembe (Wits University), and artists Nolan Oswald Dennis and Francis Burger.

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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? 07

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...


Kwanini? Series
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.

How To Write About Africa

" 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...


Open mic

Kwani? Open Mic May 2015 Edition

Featured Poet: Vanessa Ombura

Featured Band: Lele Ngoma

MC: Cindy Ogana

Date: 5th May 2015
Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Phoenix Players, Parliament Rd, Inside Professional Centre
Entry: 300 Ksh at the gate, Advance tickets via Mpesa.

*Advance tickets are only available via Mpesa: Simply select "Buy Goods" on your MPesa menu, enter the "Till Number" (56714) and follow instructions to complete transaction.

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Our Collective Security: Writers in Conversation

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.

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Press Releases

Kwani Trust launch award-winning writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi's debut novel Kintu

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.


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Nuruddin Farah in conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina

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