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PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature

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PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature

Monday 4th – Sunday 10th May 
PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature 
New York 
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 to Brooklyn and the Bronx, and engage with emerging and established international authors in new and profound ways.                                 
Kwani Trust’s programme participation highlights

Billy Kahora
Billy Kahora is the managing editor of Kwani Trust and an associate editor with the Chimurenga Chronic. He is a past recipient of the Chevening Scholarship and resident of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. He has written a nonfiction novella, The True Story Of David Munyakei, and his work has appeared in Chimurenga, McSweeney’s, Granta online, Internazionale, and Vanity Fair. His stories “Urban Zoning” and “The Gorilla’s Apprentice” were shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2012 and 2014, respectively. He is working on a novel titled The Applications.

May 6thAfrica in Two Acts

May 7thWorkshop: Finding One’s Voice in Writing, with Billy Kahora

May 7th :  In and Out of Africa


Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was born in Kenya. A winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, she has also been an International Writing Program resident at the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s and other publications, and she has been a TEDx Nairobi speaker and a Lannan Foundation resident. 

May 8thNinety Minutes, Three Minds

May 9th: In and Out of Africa


Binyavanga Wainaina
Binyavanga Wainaina is the founding editor of Kwani?. He won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing and has written for Vanity Fair, Granta, and The New York

Times  May 4thOpening Night: The Future Is Now

May 6th:  Queer Futures

May 6th : The Arrivants

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