KWANI? LITFEST Nairobi, Kenya 2012

The fourth edition of Kwani? Litfest, the biennial gathering of writers, artists and thinkers from across Africa, kicks off this weekend and runs until 16th December 2012. This year’s literary festival Conversations With The Horn: Writers, Artists in Exchange hosts readings, performances and discussions that explore and celebrate literature and its role in our lives. The week-long packed programme brings together important voices from the Horn and award-winning writers from across the continent, including Somali poet Hadraawi, Kenyan-born Somali poet Warsan Shire, Sudanese-British novelist Jamal Mahjoub, Egyptian writer and activist Nawal El Sadaawi, Nigerian novelist Helon Habila and Ghanaian novelist Kojo Laing.

The major highlights of the festival will be the Nawal El Saadawi lecture and conversation with Kenyan writer, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor; our opening event at Kifaru Gardens on Sunday, which will include poetry by Hadraawi and Warsan Shire. Other highlights include a lecture and panel discussion with John Githongo on Wednesday and the launch of Kwani? 07 at KICC Helipad on the evening of Saturday 15th. Be there!

A full programme is online at: http://litfest.kwani.org/