Last year was quite a year. It was long, emotional and arduous. Even though I achieved a lot, I was tested in more ways than I could have ever imagined. While I am proud of the woman that emerged, I have to say that there are some realisations that truly broke my heart in 2019. In fact by the end of the 1st quarter, I felt burnt out and emotionally drained. Between a career plateau, a health scare and lots of relationship (family and friends) drama, I decided to take a step back and evaluate my life decisions.
Award Winning Kenyan Author, Journalist and Activist Binyavanga Wainaina has passed on.
Wainaina was a celebrated author who made significant contributions in the field of Literature through works such as; Discovering Home , which won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Literature and Kwani, one of East Africa’s first literary magazines.
In 2003, he was recognised by the Kenya Publishers Association for his contribution to Kenyan Literature while, In 2008 he served as a Bard Fellow and Director for the Chinua Achebe Centre for African Literature & Languages at Bard College.
In 2014 TIME Magazine named him one of the “Most Influential People In The World”.
You can read more of his work here: Planet Binya .
Mark your calendars! Kenyan Author Yvonne Owuor and Award Winning Scottish Author Kapka Kassaboya will be doing a reading from the Freedom Papers, a special collection commissioned by the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
The reading will be moderated by Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. There will also be a live music performance by Tetu Shani.
If you’re an aspiring African writer interested in writing Young Adult literature (audiences aged 13 – 19 years), then you’re in luck because Goethe-Institut is looking for you!
Submit an original short story of 3000-5000 words in Kiswahili, English or French to: firstname.lastname@example.org alongside a brief BIO.
2018 Caine Prize For African Writing Winner Makena Onjerika will be hosting a fiction writing workshop in Nairobi. The workshop will run for 16 weeks starting January 5th, 2019.
For more details on the course, application process and scholarships, send an e-mail to: email@example.com.