Sunday Salon- April 19

April 15, 2009

Kwani Trust is inviting you to Sunday Salon on Sunday 19th April 2009 ,7pm at Kengeles Lavington, Lavington Green. Entry: ksh300.
Free entry before 6.30pm.

Readings will be from Jambula Tree:


Jambula Tree and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing, 8th Annual Collection, published 2008.

Titled after the short story by the 8th winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, Uganda’s Monica Arac de Nyeko, the Jambula Tree anthology contains the latest in African writing with a selection of stories from across the continent.The book includes 18 short stories- the winner and shortlist (5 stories) plus 12 stories written at the Caine Prize writers workshop held in April 2008 in South Africa.In the book are stories that deal with topics as wide apart as love, war, manhood, marriage and the African urban experience.

The Readers:

Monica Arac de Nyeko

Monica Arac de Nyeko is from Uganda. She was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African writing in 2004 for ‘Strange Fruit, winning the prize in 2007 for ‘Jambula Tree’.

Kingwa Kamencu

Kingwa Kamencu is a writer based in Kenya. Her first book ‘To Grasp at a Star’ won the National Book Development Council Award 2003, The Wahome Mutahi Prize 2006 and the prestigious Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literarure 2007. She was one of the two Kenyans nominated Rhodes Scholar to Oxford where she will be proceeding for further studies later in the year. She serves as deputy secretary general in PEN International’s Kenya Chapter and writes for the authoritative media monitoring magazine Xpression Today (E.T). She writes poetry, essays and fiction.

Kaume Marambii

Kaume Marambii is a self-employed businessman running an agri-business in Kenya called Golden Acres Ltd. He has a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Nairobi, a post-graduate Diploma in Information Technology from the University of Sunderland, UK. He was also a 2003-2004 Reuters Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University, USA. This is his first work of fiction.

Sunday Salon - March 8

March 3, 2009

This month’s Sunday Salon will feature poetry and prose readings from Kwani? 05.

The featured writers will be:

Neema Mawiyoo
Mike Kwambo
Wilson Wahome
Muthoni Garland
Samuel Munene

Mshai Mwangola will host the night and she will read poetry from:

Stephen Partington
Marjorie Oludhe.

Venue:Kengeles, Lavington Green.
Time: 7 - 9 PM
Entry- Kshs 300 only.
Free entry before 6.30pm

Kwani? 05,Part 1, is already in the bookstores.


Neema Ngwatilo Mawiyoo grew up singing in church in Nairobi, Kenya, but it was while at university that Ngwatilo’s relationship with music took a definitive turn. She embarked on a quest for self that took her to Johannesburg, South Africa to study the role of Kwaito music in shaping post-apartheid urban youth identity. There Ngwatilo found the stuff of poems spewing out of impassioned exchanges with friends, thick in the air at a particular Jozi reading, and alone with her on the road between Venda and Johannesburg. There was little to do but hold on.Her poetry appears on Kwani? 05( )

Muthoni Garland is the author of the novella, Tracking the Scent of My Mother, published by Storymoja among other stories.She has contributed to Kwani? 05.

Samuel Munene is a freelance writer.He has contributed to Kwani? 05.

Cancellation of Sunday Salon- February.

February 15, 2009

The February Sunday Salon has been canceled and instead moved to March 8th.This will be a Super Sunday Salon featuring prose and poem readings from Kwani? 5. Among the readers will be writers whose works appear in Kwani 5.They include David Kaiza, Samuel Munene, Neema Ngwatilo and Betty Wamalwa.

More information will be provided in the coming weeks.Please note Kwani? 5, Part 1: ‘Beyond The Vote: ‘Maps and Journeys’, will be available in bookstores from February 28th.

Sunday Salon - December 21

December 17, 2008

This month’s Sunday Salon will feature readings from Kwani? 05

Sunday Salon Nairobi

A Prose Reading Series

This month’s Sunday Salon will feature readings from Kwani? 05 by:

Billy Kahora

David Kaiza

Zukiswa Wanner from South Africa

Muthoni Garland

Music by June Gachui

Four readers

Four unique voices

In a tranquil outdoor setting


Sunday 21st Deecmber

Kengeles, Lavington Green

Entry Only KSh. 300


Billy Kahora

Billy Kahora is Kwani? and Special Projects Editor. He also writes fiction and has recently completed an MS.c in Creative Writing with distinction and as a Chevening Scholar at the University of Edinburgh.
Billy studied and worked in South Africa for 8 years.

After leaving South Africa Billy wrote ‘The True Story of David Munyakei’, an extended non-fiction piece with literary elements for Kwani? and joined the organization to spearhead a new kind of journalism: a journalism that can go beyond the dry official voices of the last 40 years and open up the new socio-cultural and socio-political spaces that are emerging in the country by the use of literary elements.

He has been published in Vanity Fair, Cape Times, the Mail and Guardian and the East African Standard. He has also extensively covered the youth hip-hop scene in Nairobi for the British Council’s WAPI (Words and Pictures) landmark project. He was recently highly commended for his short story, ‘Treadmill Love’ by the 2007 Caine Prize judges. He is currently working on a novel based on his short story, ‘The Applications’ published in Kwani? 3 and is also collaborating on a non-fiction book on environmental corruption in Kenya

David Kaiza

Born in 1975 in the north Ugandan town of Aboke, Kaiza lived in Kampala for 21 years because of the war and attended Makerere University which he graduated from in 1999. He worked as a journalist for the regional newspaper, The EastAfrican for many years where he was also a literary-cultural critic. A fine artist as well, he also did some television work where he was a story teller as well as animator. He has some experience in craftsmanship, particularly brass which has a history – although forgotten – where he was born. His publication in the forthcoming Kwani? 05 is his first lengthy creative output.

Muthoni Garland

Muthoni Garland is the author of the novella, Tracking the Scent of My Mother, published by Storymoja.

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