Alice Vincent was at the Hay Festival Nairobi when terror struck. She hears the writers who refused to be silenced.
Half way through the Storymoja Hay Festival I stopped concentrating. Two miles away, in the only part of Nairobi I had become familiar with during my short stay, militant Islamist group Al-Shabaab had opened fire on innocent people in the Westgate Mall. Helicopters flew overhead, and although normality prevailed around the festival tents, I felt a little sick, a little scared, a little short of breath.
The speculated casualty numbers passed through Twitter to word of mouth around the National Museum of Kenya, the leafy, rambling location for the festival. By lunchtime 12 had died, shortly after it was 20. See more at The Telegraph.