STORYMOJA HAY FESTIVAL

  • “When I am old and replaying the better snapshots of my life, the Kawangware Public Primary School Girls’Choir will be there, singing. It is the Sweetest Spring I ever heard.”

    - Jenny Valentine
  • ‘The weekend was brimming with unstoppable literary madness. My mind kept churning with how to take this all back to Uganda. My heart kept loving it all.’ 

    Beverley Nambozo, Poet, Uganda
  • “If you want to see the literature scene in the region there is no better place than the Storymoja Hay Festival. It is THE must attend literary event for the region.”

    James Murua, Nairobi Living
  • A young pupil simply asked “Why are people so cruel?” I could find no easy answer…. Suddenly in front of my African audience, I found understanding. For me being able to share my personal story of evil and good, and the redemptive power of forgiveness, was the lifting of an immense burden.”

    – Dr. Mukesh Kapila.
  • "It’s almost a magical experience to be here." 

    Ben Okri, Booker Prize winning Nigerian Writer, SMHayFest Author 2012
  • “Ask any local book enthusiast about the Storymoja Hay Festival and you will see their eyes light up. It is slowly becoming a pilgrimage of sorts. Every September, book lovers, young and old, flock to – listen to legends speak their minds.”

    – The Star
  • “The first thing I saw was a parking lot full of school buses - Kids! Kids! Kids! They were all over and in uniform. For a moment there I felt out of place. After asking what the event plan for the weekend was and why there were like a gazillion school children…. I got to understand and nikaanza mwenjoyo.”

    –Shiko Ngure
  • “It is exciting to see and hear Storymoja’s passion for children and for the opportunity to share our wisdom with them. It is important for Africans to teach Africans.”

    -The Late Professor Kofi Awoonor.
  • “Kenya does have its problems, but that doesn’t mean culture has to die here. Culture could be just the thing that saves us.” 

    Chief Nyamweya, Comic artist of Roba syndicated daily in The Star
  •  “I was dragged along by my mum, and was supposed to go to a biking expedition, but I am so glad I came. This has been one of the most interesting experiences of my life.” 

    David, A Primary School Student

Get Involved!

The Storymoja Hay Festival 2014 runs from the 17th to 21st of September. For the sixth year in a row, we will be transforming Nairobi into the heart beat of literature, art and thought-provoking conversations. Thank you for being part of it.

Storymoja Hay Festival has fast gained a reputation for being a vibrant gathering of the greatest minds in Kenya and beyond, celebrating ideas and culture. Writers, poets, storytellers, performers and thinkers from all over the world converge in Nairobi in September every year since 2008. Since then Kenyan audiences have been treated to a series of master classes, provocative debates, premier film screenings, lectures, performances and more.

Without your willingness to share your experiences and/or interrogate with the many interesting brains visiting from near and far, the Storymoja Hay Festival would not be possible.

There are various ways in which YOU can participate. The group we categorise as Artists is made up mainly of authors (children’s and general audience authors), writers, bloggers, poets, visual artists, performance artists and other creatives.

You can also get involved as a Volunteer or Festival Intern.

 


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Missed the 2013 Festival? Want to know what to expect in the 2014 Fest? Here's a little taster for your eyes!

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Our Partners

  • Commonwealth Foundation
  • BAKE Kenya
  • Tamarind Group
  • Bunson Safari