All Events Listed Here Happen on Saturday 21st September 2013



Linda Musita, Nduta Waweru, Ruth Kenyah, Wanjeri Gakuru

Storymoja Hay Festival Writing Fellows

The four Storymoja Hay Festival Writing Fellows for 2012/14 show off their work and talk about being mentored by Caine Prize-nominated Kenyan writer Lily Mabura, over the last year. They read from their work, and share insights about the impact of female voices in Kenyan literature.


Première Film Screenings

The Global Seminar

Documentary Filmmaking in Kenya: The Art of Science Storytelling

Film screenings of The Matriarch, Curse of the Gazelle King, Nature’s Nurturers, Re-alignments: A Zebra’s Story, The Lost Boys of Laikipia. Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers; Muhinza Bushoki, Kevin Midigo, Loise Njagi, Maryanne Wangui Njuguna, Victor Oloo and teaching assistant Karim Kara.

Presented by Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Princeton Atelier &the Program in Visual Arts of the Lewis Center for the Arts, & by the Princeton Environmental Institute.


Warsan Shire, Dr Neal Hall, Mongane Wally Serote and Njeri Wangari

Voicing The Unspoken

Warsan Shire (Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth) won the Brunel University African Poetry Prize. Dr. Neal Hall (Nigger for Life) has won over 10 prizes for poetry in book festivals around the world. Mongane Wally Serote (Yakhal’Inkomo) has won theIngrid Jonker Poetry Prize, the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa and was a Fulbright Scholar. These multiple-award-winning poets read from their work and talk to Kenyan Poet, Njeri Wangari (Mines and Mindfields) about asylum, war, love, loss, borders, insanity, race, identity and inequality.

In association with the African Poetry Book Fund and The South African High Commission 


Sunday 12.20PM–1PM Meet At The Museum Customer Service Desk

Gallery Tour of the Museum

An exclusive behind-the-scenes guided tour with the curators of the various exhibitions. Meet at the Museum Customer Service Desk and collect your voucher.

In partnership with National Museums of Kenya


Teju Cole in conversation with John Sibi-Okumu

Open City

This story of a young Nigerian-German psychiatrist in New York City five years after 9/11 was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and won both the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Internationaler Literaturpreis. ‘A powerful and un-nerving inquiry into the human soul. Open City is ‘a profoundly original work, intellectually stimulating and possessing of a style both engaging and seductive.’ – Time Magazine. John Sibi-Okumu is a Kenyan playwright (Role Play and Minister Karibu) journalist and actor best known internationally for his role in The Constant Gardener.

Sponsored by Van Horn Consulting



Fred Haga chats to Ross Van Horn

Growing Up Different

Senior Assistant Director of Education responsible for Special Needs Education in the Directorate of Basic Education, Mr. Fred Haga, who is visually impaired; and Mumbi Ngugi, Judge of the High Court of Kenya together with Michael Mwendwa from Christian Blind Mission who both have albinism, share their life stories about growing up different, and how it fuels their work and passions. Ross Van Horn is an Executive Coach and Learning Specialist.


The Commonwealth Writers Conversation

The Untold Story

The first in a global series of conversations invites writers, artists and thinkers to discuss the subjects and themes that are sometimes met with silence in societies around the world.  This is the place to talk about how to communicate the difficult and the unsayable, whether through words or other forms of expression. Panelists include Chief Nyamweya and Keguro Macharia. Tell us on email or twitter what you’d like to discuss with the panel.

In partnership with Commonwealth Writers


Boys to Men

What makes boys tick from birth right through to late teens. Practical and honest advice for  parents to recognise the different stages of boyhood and learn how to raise happy, confident and kind young men in modern African society. Understand how to guide a young man to develop his true identity as a man and gain respect for himself and others in his community.



Kwani? Election Panel

Reservoir of Public Memory

In 2008, Kwani Trust produced a collaborative visual and written account of the 2007 elections and its violent aftermath in two journals that have been described as a ‘reservoir of public memory…’ For the 2013 elections, Kwani started collecting material in 2010. The Kwani panel will look at key aspects of the elections: mainstream media, civil society, online and social media, photography and poetry.  It will host writers, artists, journalists and activists of different genres on covering the elections: fiction, blogging, investigative journalism, essay and memoir on the elections.

In partnership with Kwani Trust



Ng’endo Mukii, Tazim Elkington, Zukiswa Wanner, Renee Mboya


The film-maker of Yellow Fever, Ng’endo Mukii chats with Tazim Elkington, Zukiswa Wanner and Renee Mboya about the shades of discrimination arising from our convoluted ideas around beauty and skin colour.


Chief Nyamweya

Comics Take Over the World

Comics and animation entrepreneur Chief Nyamweya explores the many unexpected lessons learned while trying to re-invent an industry in Kenya. Chief is best known for the prolific crime-fiction comics Roba (syndicated daily in The Star newspaper) and Emergency – both of which popularized the Kenya Noir style of art characterized by abundant use of black ink, high contrasts and dark themes.

In partnership with The Tsunami Studio



Peter Godwin

The Fear

At the time of writing, Robert Mugabe has just secured his seventh term in office. Peter Godwin’s The Fear records the journalist’s travels through his home country after the 2008 elections to see the torture bases, the burned villages, the death squads, the opposition leaders in hiding, the last white farmers, the churchmen and the diplomats putting their own lives on the line to stop the carnage. He currently serves as President of PEN’s American Center.

In partnership with PEN Kenya


Mshai Mwangola

Kangas – Past, Present and Future

Mshai Mwangola traces her relationship with kangas as a Kenyan woman, shares personal and collective kanga stories and provokes us to think about the many uses of kangas past, present and future. Beatbox and Sheng performers share their own take on our kanga heritage. The audience is invited to share their own kanga stories and enjoy the kanga fashion show.


Getrude Mungai, Faith Gatimi, Vaishnavi Ram Mohan

Drumbeats on Mobile

Join Getrude Mungai – Kenya’s leading sexologist, Drumbeat authors – Dilman Dila, Hilda Gathanga, Shaleen Keshavjee-Gulam, Nadia Darwesh and editors – Faith Gatimi and Vaishnavi Ram Mohan at the exciting launch of the DrumBeats romance series. Dress in red. Prepare for your own cover shoot. Open your mind to the sophisticated art and craft of KISSING. Discover the secret territory before the point of no return. To light the flame of East African love in your heart and mind, and win lovely love-inspired prizes, download DrumBeat stories on mobile and e devices.

Space is Limited so reserve your spot now.


Nii Parkes, Kofi Awooner, Kwame Dawes, Rashida Namulondo, Pamela Orogot, Kelly Taremwa, Clifton Gachagua, Fatou Were

Poetry – East engages West

Ghanaians – Nii Parkes, Kofi Awooner, Kwame Dawes; Ugandans – Rashida Namulondo, Pamela Orogot, Kelly Taremwa; Sierra Leonian – Fatou Wurie and Kenyan – Clifton Gachagua

A showcase of award winning poetry from both sides of the continent hosted by Beverley Nambozo.

Supported by The British Council, The African Poetry Book Fund and The BN Poetry Award


Wanjiru Kairu, Eric Gitari, Anthony Oluoch
Queer Life Stories

The Kenyan premiere screening of the Commonwealth Short Film ‘New Year’s Eve’. The screening of the film is followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Wanjiru Kairu. Eric Gitari, the co-founder of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and Anthony Oluoch, previous Executive Director of Gay Kenya Trust and Regional Director of Kaleidoscope Trust join the discussion about queer life stories.

In partnership with Commonwealth Writers and The Canadian High Commission

Saturday 6.30PM FORD HALL

Battle For The Elephants Film Screening

Battle for the Elephants tells the ultimate animal story  – how the earth’s most charismatic and majestic land animal faces annihilation unless the market forces that are driving the value of its tusks to levels once reserved for gold are stopped. This groundbreaking National Geographic Special goes undercover to expose the criminal network behind the supply and demand of ivory.  The film serves as inspiration for the Hands off our Elephants campaign initiated by Paula Kahumbu.

In support of the Hands off our Elephants campaign

Film by National Geographic Television. 56 mins.