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Nairobi’s Storymoja Festival

I have just spent the past three out of five days at Nairobi’s Storymoja Literature Festival. It is an offshoot from the UK’s Hay Literature Festival and showcases literature, art and music from Kenya, other African countries and beyond as well as aiming to get more children in Kenya reading. It’s only been going for five years but I thought it was AMAZING (I missed it last year, as the tragic circumstances of the Westgate terrorist attacks cut it short). Amongst other things, I took part in a three hour poetry workshop on the theme of identity, watched some fabulous music (including a performance by the brilliant British hip-hop and spoken word artist Dizraeli) and went to some storytelling and puppetry sessions with my eight year old daughter. I loved feeling part of Nairobi’s vibrant arts scene and even battling through the traffic to get there from our far-flung suburb, it was definitely worth it. Can’t wait for next year!

Storymoja Festival 2014One of the musicians performing at Storymoja

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