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Kwani? and Caine Prize Workshop Readings

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Kwani? and Caine Prize Workshop Readings


Kwani Trust is pleased to announce a reading in collaboration with The CDC Caine Prize workshop. The event will include an award ceremony for the winner of the recent Kwani? Short Story Competition. The Caine Prize readings will feature Mamle Kabu and Stephen Kenai, both shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2009 and 2008 respectively. Kwani? readings will feature 4 upcoming new titles to be released into bookshops on April 1 2010:

The Cock Thief

Twice Caine Prize short-listed Parseleleo Kantai explores the not so subtle interface between reality, myth, desperation and futility that can come with the death of belief in a collective future, and ultimately in the self – and the always unachievable hope of escaping poverty in a harsh urban landscape when one is without the usual advantages. The backdrop is Kenya’s Moi era; the main character is the President’s driver and confidante, turned thief of one of the Leader’s significant emblems – a golden cock. This is the ultimate Kenyan heist story



Tale of Kasaya

In 1991 a girl of 13 years by the name of Eva Kasaya dropped out of school in rural Western Kenya and came to Nairobi to work as a domestic servant. For several years she was consistently harassed by subsequent employers. When she turned 19 she managed to go back to school and thereafter train as a dressmaker. She also started writing about her life during this period, having never given up on becoming a published writer. 'Tale Of Kasaya: Let Us Now Praise A Famous Woman' traces Eva’s journey from girlhood to the present, her memoirs reflecting the plight of hundreds of domestic servants across Kenya



To be a Man (Poetry anthology)

The first part of this anthology addresses issues of gender, human rights and social justice. Ndanu Mungala in her winning poem, ‘Breaking Through’, and the other poets raise the issue of man not being allowed to express tender feelings or cry. Mboga Patroba rejects violence as a definition of manhood, and instead advocates for self-sacrifice, service and respect. Poesiopoa Njeri dissects the disease that allows us to laugh at defilement, rape and abuse in her haunting piece ‘Facing Jeevanjee Gardens’. Samuel Munene and Nga’ng’a Mbugua have penned excellent parodies of some of today’s notions of manhood and relationships. Well known Kenyan poets, Ngwatilo and Sitalia Namwalie further contribute to the masculinities debate through song



The Stone Hills of Maragoli

Stanley Gazemba’s novel. ‘The Stone Hills Of Maragoli’ was published several years to great acclaim in Kenya. The pastoral novel was a remarkable work that combined fluent descriptions of Kenyan landscape, close observations of post-independence rural life in Kenya with great rendering of character. It was refreshingly modern when a lot of contemporary literature tries to be clever and post-modern than true to our realities. Stone Hills of Maragoli retains what is best about immediate post-independence literature; its does not shy away from thematic concerns and is solely grounded in the Kenyan present.



Date : Wednesday 24th March 2010
Time : 7pm
Kifaru Gardens, # 3 Kanjata Road (Off James Gichuru Road)

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