Celebrating East African Writing!


Writers! Poets! Playrights! Scribes of all sorts! This is your chance to have your manuscripts critiqued by experts!




11:30am – 1:30pm

You all practice the written word, but how do you perfect it? By showing your writing to experts and getting feedback. Now is your chance! A team of expert editors of all genres of writing will be on hand to peruse your manuscripts and give you instant editing advice and writing tips. You will find out what works and what doesn’t and how to refine your creative ideas. Come with 5 to 10 TYPED pages of your manuscript.

Experts include:

I Barrett

A. Igoni Barrett (Nigeria). He is the author of the short story collection From Caves of Rotten Teeth and winner of the 2005 BBC World Service short story competition. He is the former editor of Farafina magazine and the initiator of the popular Nigeria-based literary event, the BookJam.

Tiffany Murray

Tiffany Murray (UK). Her first novel, Happy Accidents, was described by one reviewer as “Woody Allen visits Cold Comfort Farm”. She was short-listed for the Bollinger/Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing, and in 2005 she also received an Arts Council Award. Her second book, Diamond Star Halo is set in the hazy Welsh summer of 1977, and was inspired by her childhood spent listening to famous rock musicians practise in her Welsh borders home. She is now a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Glamorgan, Wales.

Poetry by Phyllis Muthoni

Phyllis Muthoni (Kenya) has been described as ‘an essential emergent Kenyan poet’. She published Lilac Uprising, her first collection of poetry, in June 2010. Her poetry has received positive reviews from readers and critics: ‘It is a thrilling read, a collection of fantastic poems that converts what we see from the corner of our eye into something kaleidoscopic …’ says poet Stephen Partington. Phyllis has been writing poetry since 2003 and also works as a freelance poetry editor.

Carol Odero

Carol Odero (Kenya) Her career took a surprising twist 5 years ago from the courtroom to the newsroom when she traded in law for business journalism and feature writing. She is a frequently published writer, an emerging fashion expert and is one of the most prolific fashion journalists in Kenya to date contributing weekly to the Sunday Nation. Carol is currently deputy editor of East Africa’s top selling women’s magazine, True Love, and in addition to her print work is part of The Fashion Show, a weekly programme on Citizen TV. She is now studying for a Masters in communication and journalism at the University of Nairobi.

Do not miss this chance to improve your writing!



This entry was posted on September 24, 2010 by in Writing.
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