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PBS Feature: Storymoja Festival celebrates flourishing African literature

October 16, 2014 at 6:05 PM EDT In September, writers and readers gathered at Storymoja, an annual literary festival in Africa. A celebration of books and ideas, it was also … Continue reading

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Deadline for Application: 30th October 2014


Call Out For Submissions: Storymoja Reality Check! Series (Life Skills)

The Reality Check! Series is a book series meant for teens and young adults (13 – 19 years of age). Through entertaining and thought provoking stories, the series explores and … Continue reading


October Short Story Call Out

The Storymoja Writers’ Blog is back! For guidelines on what, when and where to submit, please see our submission guidelines. For October, please send in your short stories which should … Continue reading


2014/2015 Writers’ Blog [Submission Guidelines]

The Writers’ Blog will feature your short stories as well as book reviews and conversations with your favourite East African authors. Short Stories Every month, we will make a call … Continue reading


Wole Soyinka’s Lecture in Memory of Wangari Maathai at the Storymoja Festival

His speech was all encompassing, touching on not just the environment, but issues affecting the African continent in general. Issues including leadership or lack thereof, terrorism (Al Shabaab, Boko Haram … Continue reading

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Storymoja Festival in Photos

The 2014 Storymoja Festival happened September 17-21, 2014 at the Nairobi National Museum.

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2014 Storymoja Festival / Hisia Zangu Page Poetry Winning Poem Announced

The Storymoja Festival in conjunction with Hisia Zangu announced the Judges’ Choice for the 2014 Storymoja Festival / Hisia Zangu Page Poetry Contest at the Kenyan to the Kore Workshop … Continue reading

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Shortlist: 2014 Storymoja Festival Page Poetry

The Storymoja Festival in partnership with Hisia Zangu Poetry is pleased to announce the 2014 Storymoja Festival Page Poetry Shortlist! An Urgent Poem by Sanya Noel (Read) O Pendulum, Go … Continue reading


Jaza Matatu na Vitabu Music Concert starring Sauti Sol (Kenya), Berry Heart (Botswana) and Dizreali(UK).

Courtyard  7:00pm till late Premium event tickets Ksh 800/ in advance. Ksh 1000/ at the door. Jaza Matatu na Vitabu Music Concert starring Sauti Sol (Kenya), Berry Heart (Botswana) and … Continue reading


Afreeka! A Storymoja Stir-up – Film, Spoken Word, Storytelling, Live Art & Music

Afreeka! A Storymoja Stir-up to raise money for Starring Teardrop, KIU and Ayrosh! A multimedia show with film, spoken word, storytelling, live art and music celebrating the energy and creativity of our youth as they mentally break free from shackles of the past.


Announcing the Storymoja Festival / Hisia Zangu Page Poetry Contest Longlist

After many conversations, discussions, and votes to reach a consensus the judges to the Storymoja Festival / Hisia Zangu Page Poetry Contest Richie Maccs, Clifton Gachagua and Stephen Derwent Partington … Continue reading


Masterclass: The Inner Life of Sentences

Masterclass: The Inner Life of Sentences – A Fiction Masterclass With: Okwiri Oduor and Teju Cole Time: Fri 19th September 2pm – 5pm Venue: Nairobi National Museum   Not all narratives are equally memorable. … Continue reading


Masterclass: Siri ya Kuandika Kazi za Kiubunifu

Masterclass: Siri ya Kuandika Kazi za Kibunifu With: Ken Walibora Time: Thursday 19th September 2pm – 5pm Venue: Nairobi National Museum   Ubunifu ni kuona yale ambayo hayapo na kuyafinyanga mpaka yawe kama yapo, … Continue reading


Masterclass: Fiction for Beginners

Masterclass: Fiction for Beginners With: Doreen Baingana Time: Wed 17th September 2:30pm – 5:30pm Venue: Nairobi National Museum   Do you have lots of stories mulling in your mind but you can’t seem to … Continue reading


Masterclass: The Art of Storytelling

Masterclass: The Art of Storytelling With: Ernest Wamboye & Mshai Mwangola Time: Wed 17th September 2:30pm – 5:30pm Venue: Nairobi National Museum   Everyone can tell a story but not everyone is a storyteller. … Continue reading


Masterclass: The BlockBuster

Masterclass: The Blockbuster – The Perfect Antidote to Writer’s Block” With: Kwame Dawes & Phyllis Muthoni Time: Friday 19th September 2pm – 5pm Venue: Nairobi National Museum   The “Blockbuster: The Perfect Antidote … Continue reading


Masterclass: Healing Through Writing

Masterclass: Healing Through Writing With: Beatrice Lamwaka Time: Wed 17th September 2:30pm – 5:30pm Venue: Nairobi National Museum   Writing can heal the body and soul. ‘Healing through Writing’ is designed to explore … Continue reading


Thank You – Storymoja Festival/ Hisia Zangu Page Poetry

We would like to thank everyone who submitted their poetry to the #ToBeKenyan Page Poetry Contest. The Judges will now sort through your entries. A Longlist will be announced on … Continue reading

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Storymoja Festival/ Hisia Zangu Page Poetry Call Out

Page poetry is intended for the eye, whereas Spoken Word engages both the eye and the ear. Some poetry that is originally meant for the page is sometimes suitable for … Continue reading


Guerrilla Marketing for Writers – Masterclass

Getting published or thinking about it? Congratulations – but there’s more. After the writing, the real work begins: marketing! Learn tips and tricks for how to promote your works and brand yourself as an author. Develop an outline of a promotional strategy in this interactive workshop. – With Vered Ehsani & Alexander Nderitu


Taking control of your writing career – Self-Publishing Masterclass

Interested in publishing that manuscript? Not sure where to start? Join us for a lively discussion about self-publishing, the pros and cons, and how to do it. – With Alexander Nderitu & Vered Ehsani


Editing & Critiquing Poetry – Matthew Shenoda & Ladan Osman

Masterclass: Critiquing & Editing Poetry With: Matthew Shenoda (Egypt/USA) & Ladan Osman (Somalia/USA) Time: Thur 18th September 2:30pm – 5:30pm Venue: Nairobi National Museum One of the most essential elements … Continue reading


Documentary Film Production Masterclass – With Kenny Mann

Storymoja Festival Masterclass Series : Documentary Film Production With: Kenny Mann Time: Wed 17th September 2:30pm – 5:30pm Do you have great ideas for a documentary film but get bogged … Continue reading


Fire by Ten Special Event Featuring the show Kimbia, Live Music, & a Short Film

1. You have two chances to catch our current touring show KIMBIA in Nairobi, at 2pm or 5pm on Saturday the 26th of July at The Theatre Company Studio, The … Continue reading


SLAM/ Storymoja Festival Spoken Word Poetry Call Out

The Deadline for registration for the SLAM (Spoken Word) Contest has been pulled up to 11th July. A Pre-SLAM will be held on 13th July at Words Galore at PAWA254. You can register as a Slammer by calling this number 0720 785 173 or 0736 564 538 by Friday, 11th July 2014 or email Email subject line should read “52nd Slam Application” .


Winning Story – Lunatic Express

The judges have finally decided! The winning story is: Lucky No.7 by Christine Yienya Explaining their decision, the judges wrote: A good story, a good short story, does not force … Continue reading


The Writing Life – Ndiritu Wahome

Ndiritu Wahome is the author of The Sad Artist and Other Fairy Tales. The Writers’ Blog had a chat with him about his writing and his newly published book. How … Continue reading

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Lunatic Express – The Shortlist

Phew! What a reading experience! The Storymoja Judges finally have a shortlist of 8, but haven’t made a verdict on the winning story yet. Why don’t you read through the … Continue reading


Lunatic Express & Other Stories

We hope you are enjoying your long weekend. Looks like we are going to spend our holiday Monday sorting through entries to the Lunatic Express Short Story contest. The shortlist … Continue reading


Call Out | Storymoja Festival Bloggers

Dear Friend of the Storymoja Festival, Do you have a blog, or wish to own a blog where you can air your thoughts on pertinent issues with regards to literature, … Continue reading


Kwani Trust Seeks Applicants for 2014 Fiction Workshop

Kwani Trust invites applications for a residential fiction workshop to be held from June 24th to July 6th. Following Kwani?’s pursuit of developing new contemporary fiction, the workshop will incubate … Continue reading


The Writing Life – Richard Crompton

Author Richard Crompton lives in Nairobi, Kenya, with his wife and their three young children. A former BBC journalist, Crompton left London several years ago when his wife, a human … Continue reading

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Lunatic Express – May Short Story Call Out

This month we are looking for fun – out-of-the-ordinary, maybe a little scary, with surprising twists, and turns – stories. And yes, we have deliberately referenced East African Cultural Lore … Continue reading


Winning Poem – Poetic Pains

The Storymoja Writers’ Blog is delighted to announce the winner of the Poetic Pains Contest. In addition to the KES 1000/- airtime, the winner will also have a chance to participate in a poetry masterclass led by a seasoned poet who will feature in the 2014 Storymoja Festival.

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The Cry of Blood – An Ideagasm

The Storymoja Festival is pleased to announce that the next Ideagasm will be on May 10, 2014 at 10am to 1pm at the Storymoja Offices in Springvalley, Westlands. This event … Continue reading


Poetic Pains – Shortlist

The judges have deliberated and the Storymoja Writers’ Blog is delighted to announce the Shortlist for the Poetic Pains Contest. The five poems chosen were among many other impressive entries. … Continue reading

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The Writing Life – Annemarie Musawale

I started writing as soon as I learned how to write. I was always writing little stories to please my mother, many times, not finishing them. I thought that everyone … Continue reading

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Poetic Pains – April Poetry Call Out

There is a pleasure in poetic pains Which only poets know. – William Cowper   Finally it is here, a chance to craft and share our poetry on this forum. … Continue reading


Art Against Poverty – Call for Submissions

Deadline: 8th April 2014
To apply you should be 18 – 35 years old and based in Nairobi


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