Celebrating East African Writing!


So you’ve written a few stories here and there, ‘meaningful’ Facebook posts that people loved and you’re now looking for another home for the stories that circle around in your … Continue reading

April 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

Vote for the Storymoja Writers’ Blog – Blog Awards

The Storymoja Writers’ Blog has been nominated for the BAKE Awards under the best Corporate Blog! Please vote for us! Simply go to and vote. Tell a friend!

March 3, 2015

How Writers are Made – Authors In Conversation at the SHFK 2010

Tiffany Murray, Igoni Barrett, Martin Njaga, Emmanuel Kariuki and Barassa sat at the British Council Marquee and talked about their writing and what inspires the

October 7, 2010


Dayan Masinde was moderating a session with Reima Makinen from Finland and Paul ‘Maddo’ Kalemba. He is an artist and cartoonist too, so it was three cartoonists discussing issues centered on cartoons in Finland and Kenya.

October 7, 2010

My Afternoon Well-Spent

Months reduced to weeks then to days and as hours slowly elapsed; the long anticipated Storymoja Hay Festival was finally there. This was my very first invitation to attend the festival

October 7, 2010

Pushing Limits – Published Kids

“I remember speaking to one of the parents,” Aleya said. “She couldn’t get her son to read. But after the project, he couldn’t put his newly published book away. He read it over and over again, and just like that, he picked up other books and began to read.”

October 7, 2010

Sights from Storymoja Hay Festival 2010

Written by James Murua

Kenya’s major literary event was upon us yet again happening at the Nairobi Railway Club from 1-3 October. Last year had gotten quite a few rave reviews and this one promised no less. I was taking part running a few sessions namely: Facebook hook ups, a chat with John Kiriamiti writer of note and judging the twitter competition for #tobeafrican.

October 5, 2010

Storymoja Hay Festival Photo Highlights

The Storymoja Hay Festival was this past weekend(Oct 1 to 3) at the Railways Club Grounds. There were 100+ events, stimulating discussions, shows, fun activities and interactions with creative minds both local and international. These are just some of the photo highlights.

October 5, 2010

Published Children at the Storymoja Hay Festival!

This is the tent that you don’t want your child to stay out of. The same thing happens today Sunday 11am, so make sure you get your children in. You never know, this could be the birth of another Ngugi wa Thiong’o or Oludhe- Macgoye.

October 3, 2010

Celebrities Set to Give Song Writing Workshop at Storymoja Hay Festival, Oct 3rd 2010

Sunday Oct 3rd 2010 – 11A.M. to 1:30 P.M at the Film/Stage/Exhibitions Area This Sunday will be a unique opportunity to meet and ‘workshop’ with Kenya’s finest musicians and writers. … Continue reading

September 30, 2010

Aly Khan Satchu at the Storymoja Hay Festival

Wealth Creation- Friday 1st 4.00pm to 6.00pm –Tandaa ICT Board Alfred Mutua. governemtn spokesman, filmmaker and author (How to get rich quick in  Africa) and Aly Khan Satchu, financial analyst, … Continue reading

September 30, 2010

Theatre lovers: Storymoja Hay Festival – included in the 500/day ticket price

Saturday 2nd October: 4pm – 5:30pm (courtesy of The Theatre Company) The Theatre Company presents My Moving Home, a stage performance inspired by Rogers Otieno’s tough past in rural Nyanza, and first … Continue reading

September 30, 2010

Spark Africa presents Slam Africa – Storymoja Hay Festival

7pm-10pm on Saturday 2nd October: Spark Africa presents Slam Africa – An evening with the spoken word poets of Kenya at the Storymoja Hay Festival Slam Africa is a community driven … Continue reading

September 30, 2010

Kids, publish your own book in two hours! Storymoja working in partnership with Kuona Trust

Saturday 2nd October 11:30am to 1:30pm Can you come up with a story fast enough, work creatively enough and hard enough to finish a book you can be proud of in just … Continue reading

September 30, 2010

Tom Twyker (Germany) and Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya) explore the role of story in film making.

Saturday 2nd October 11:30am to 1:30pm – Two acclaimed film directors explore the role of story in film making, and the representation of ‘Africa’ in film About Tom Tom Tykwer, … Continue reading

September 30, 2010


Saturday 2nd October 2pm to 3:30pm This session brings together two writers who have helped to expose grand corruption in Kenya through the stories of two of Kenya’s most famous … Continue reading

September 30, 2010

How to build a great relationship with your child

Luci Simiyu invites you to a discussion on how to build a great relationship with your child at the SHFK! Saturday 2nd October 2pm to 3:30pm There is no rehearsal or degree … Continue reading

September 30, 2010

Paul Sullivan presents his book ‘Kikuyu District’

Friday 1st October 4pm to 5:30pm Kikuyu District contains the edited letters of Francis Hall (Fort Hall) who lived in Kenya from 1892 – 1901 when he died from blackwater … Continue reading

September 30, 2010

Soul Boy – Film Screening at Storymoja Hay Festival

Friday 1st October 4pm-6pm Film Screening ‘Soul Boy’ – up for 6 Kalasha Awards! – Directed by Tom Tykwer and Hawa Essuman. Scripted by Billy Kahora. Screening followed by Q&A … Continue reading

September 30, 2010


Friday 1st October 7pm-10pm: Dinner show featuring hit UK comedienne, Jane Bussman at the festival grounds. Premium event Ksh 3,000/ includes good food and excellent entertainment. Limited seating so please … Continue reading

September 30, 2010

Attention Kids! Matatu from Watamu themed party!

Join Storyhippo at a daily ‘Matatu from Watamu Drove into the Sea’ themed party Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd October at 4-6pm Kids help create the set and costumes for … Continue reading

September 30, 2010

Announcing The Winners! – Kenyan Conversations

Dear Writers, Thank you very much for your support, entries, comments and voting during the Storymoja Generation Kenya Kenyan Conversations Picture Prompt Writing Competition. We are now very pleased to … Continue reading

September 28, 2010

Storytelling Winner will win a trip to the USA!

Storytelling is alive at the Storymoja Hay Festival. Winner wins trip to the USA!

September 27, 2010

The Worst Date Ever – Jane Bussman Comedy Show

Jane Bussman’s Live Comedy Show Bussman’s Holiday about her adventures in Africa was a four-star hit at the Edinburgh Festival with a sold out London run at the Soho Theatre going on to play in New York, Sydney and Latitude…

September 26, 2010


Writers! Poets! Playrights! Scribes of all sorts! This is your chance to have your manuscripts critiqued by experts! WHERE:     STORYMOJA HAY FESTIVAL RAILWAYS CLUB GROUNDS WHEN:        SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2ND 11:30am … Continue reading

September 24, 2010

The Winners! – Storymoja Hay Festival Poetry Competition

First place: Nkirote, “2 a.m. Souvenir”

Second Place: Michael Kwambo, “Letter from Kamiti”

Third Place: Karanja Kebuchi, “Four Wishes for Kenya”

September 23, 2010

It’s Time – Be Sure to vote for the Kenyan Conversation Entry of your Choice.

Over the last 12 weeks, you, Storymoja Friend have been included in a writing exercise that has more than revealed what we, Kenyans, think about. Thanks you for your participation … Continue reading

September 19, 2010

Facebook hook-ups and the new rules of morality

Friday Ist October 2-3:30pm – Tandaa ICT Board Marquee:  “Facebook hook-ups.  Is technology reshaping our social fabric?”   “Facebook hook-ups and the new rules of morality. Infidelity at the speed of … Continue reading

September 18, 2010 · 1 Comment

Storymoja Hay Festival Village Programme

  Karibu! It’s all happening at the Railways Club. Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd October. Tickets for the 72 plus events in the main festival are Ksh 500/ per day or 1000/ … Continue reading

September 16, 2010

Storyhippo Village at the Storymoja Hay Festival stars three days of enriching, fun events for parents and children! 1st -3rd October, Railways Club grounds, Nairobi

The ‘Storyhippo Village’ at the festival will host a range of events specially designed to inspire, educate and entertain parents and children. Highlights include sessions moderated by Ryan Lewis of … Continue reading

September 16, 2010

Denise Gordon – At the Storymoja Hay Festival Launch ‘Dine with Stars’

The internationally acclaimed American world soul singer and vocalist, Denise Gordon, will perform at the ‘Dine with Stars’ Storymoja Hay Festival launch evening spectacular. Denise has shared the same stage as Gladys Knight, Lauryn Hill, and … Continue reading

September 16, 2010

Dude! Why didn’t I think of that?!

Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes … Continue reading

September 13, 2010

Your Child’s Rights with Florence Mueni

Florence Mueni, Probation officer with the Ministry of Home Affairs, and an accredited counsellor. Saturday 2nd 2pm-3:30pm Florence explains your child’s rights. Children rights are entrenched in the Kenyan Constitution. … Continue reading

September 12, 2010 · 1 Comment

Poetry Workshop with Sandra A. Mushi – Tanzanian poet, writer and designer

Friday 1st October 11:30am – 1:30pm  Join Sandra, Sitawa Wafula and Kennet B in a poetry workshop Sunday 3rd October 11:30am – 1:30pm  Join Sandra, Doreen Baingana (UG), Muthoni Garland (Kenya) and … Continue reading

September 11, 2010

Francis Imbuga and John Sibi Okumu – Playwrights discuss ‘Life after Betrayal?’

Sunday 3rd October 2pm-3:30pm Betrayal in the City remains recognisable to many Kenyans as the standard bearer of the country’s playwriting and as a set text for high school students. … Continue reading

September 10, 2010

The Kenyan Conversations

“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.” Henry David Thoreau  (American Essayist, Poet and Philosopher, 1817-1862)   … Continue reading

September 9, 2010

Kenyan Conversations 20

Comment on the blog under the picture on the Storymoja Blog or Send in a story or dialogue that is not more than 500 words long. Send in your story or … Continue reading

September 9, 2010

John Kiriamiti (Kenya) & Lars Rambe (Sweden) – Writers in crime in conversation – session moderated by Tony Mochama.

Saturday 2nd October 4pm – 5:50pm About Kiriamiti John Baptista Wanjohi, better known as John Kiriamiti, is a household name for many readers of African Literature. Kiriamiti was privileged to … Continue reading

September 8, 2010

Kenyan Conversations 19

Comment on the blog under the picture on the Storymoja Blog or Send in a story or dialogue that is not more than 500 words long. Send in your story or … Continue reading

September 7, 2010

Story of the Week – Kenyan Conversations 15 & 16

You have voted! Trouble by Annete Majanja is this week’s Story of the Week. Congratulations Annette! As announced earlier that we will be posting two photos a week on Tuesday and Thursday. Please … Continue reading

September 5, 2010

Session Must for Parents at the SHFK!

Six important sessions that every parent should attend presented by child psychologists, and education experts – how to build a great relationship with your child, how to interest your child … Continue reading

September 5, 2010

Parenting a Child with a Learning Disorder

Ruth Gasson invites you to discussion about parenting a child with a learning disability or learning disorder at the SHFK 2010 Sunday 3rd October 11:30am to 1:30pm As a parent, discovering … Continue reading

September 5, 2010

Highlights from the SHFK 2009

Highlights from SHFK 2009. Watch this to have an idea of what to expect this year. Also, keep an eye on the Storymoja Blog and Website for details of schedules, … Continue reading

September 4, 2010

Session Musts for Kids at SHFK!

Twelve fun and learning sessions for kids including meet/chat with authors, science fair, poetry slam, parties and more… Tickets are Ksh 500/ per day or Ksh 1000/ for three days.  And you … Continue reading

September 4, 2010

“Verse of Fire”: A Conversation with Benjamin Zephaniah

Sunday 3rd October 4pm to 6pm In “Bought and Sold,” Benjamin Zephaniah asks, “What happened to the verse of fire”? “Smart big awards and prize money,” he warns, are “killing … Continue reading

September 2, 2010

Kenyan Conversations 18

Comment on the blog under the picture on the Storymoja Blog or Send in a story or dialogue that is not more than 500 words long. Send in your story or … Continue reading

September 2, 2010

The Indian Black Butterfly invites you to her join her Transformation CirQle.

Friday 1st October 2pm to 3:30pm Tazim Elkington – The Indian Black Butterfly – has a mysterious sense of ‘knowing’ how to tap into the spaces people are unsure of stepping … Continue reading

September 1, 2010

Kathy Vaughan presents ‘Management Proverbs’

Sunday 3rd October 4pm to 5:30pm at the SHFK 2010 Growing up, everyone learns lessons about life through direct instruction and through our social environments.  Some are positive, some negative, … Continue reading

August 31, 2010

Kenyan Conversations 17

Comment on the blog under the picture on the Storymoja Blog or Send in a story or dialogue that is not more than 500 words long. Send in your story or … Continue reading

August 31, 2010

Evoking Hawa – A Photo-Collage Exhibition by Jerry Riley

August 30, 2010