Lola Shoneyin at the Storymoja Hay Festival

Our very own Lola Shoneyin, poet and author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives will be heading a poetry workshop at this year’s Storymoja Hay Festival in Nairobi.

According to its website, the Storymoja Hay Festival is one of 15 festivals Hay Festivals which takes place across five continents and is dedicated to bringing writers, artists and intellectuals together for intelligent conversations around books, the environment, politics and human rights issues. The program will be held from the 13th to the 16th of September.

Other featured writers include Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans, Dinaw Mengestu, Ethiopian-born American author of Children of the Revolution, Giles Foden, Professor of Creative Writing at UEA, UK and author of The Last King of Scotland, Precious Williams, author of the memoir Precious, Billy Kahora, author and editor of Kwani? magazine, Muthoni Garland, author of Tracking the Scent of My Mother, NoViolet Bulawayo, winner of the Caine prize in 2011, Michael Logan, author of Apocalypse Cow, which won the Terry Pratchett Prize, and many, many others.

The Storymoja Hay Festival, now in its fourth year, will be held in the historic National Museum of Kenya. There will be music from the Kenyan Boys Choir, who sang at Obama's inauguration, and a Poetry Gala with Lemn Sissay. It promises to be a blast. We wish we could be there.


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