Warsan Shire at the Literature festival 2012 in Kenya

The fourth edition of the  biennial gathering of writers, poets, literary academics and theorists from the continent kicks off between 9th – 16th December, 2012,in Kenya.

Titled Conversations With The Horn: Writers, Artists In Exchange, this year’s festival will host Somali poet Hadraawi,Sudanese-English novelist Jamal Mahjoub & Eritrean writer and historian Alemsegad Tefsayi to share their work with writers from other parts of the continent.

Warsan Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali poet and writer who is based in London. Born in 1988, she has read her work internationally, more recently in South Africa, Italy and Germany. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing. Her poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. The artist and activist uses her work to document stories of journey and trauma. She curates and teaches workshops around the art of healing through narrative. Her first book Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth is published by Flipped Eye.

Details on the event

Venue: Kifaru Gardens
Time: 2.00pm – midnight
Free Entry

Kwani Trust Chairman, Mr. Tom Maliti, invites guests to the festival opening of the 2012 Kwani? Litfest, featuring an opening speech on The Horn and its relationship with East Africa by IGAD Executive Secretary Eng. Mahboub Maalim

Time: 3pm – 4.30pm
Poetry by
Hadraawi, Warsan Shire & El Poet. Hadraawi in conversation with Said Jama Hussein

Time: 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Music by
Waayaha Cusub

Time:7.15pm – 8.00pm
Readings by
Binyavanga Wainaina, Helon Habila, Yvonne Owuor & Kojo Laing

Time: 8.00pm – midnight
DJ Set by DJ Zelalem

The festival opening & keynote address is presented in partnership with IGAD (Inter-Governmental Authority on Development) www.igad.int