Telling our Truth – #CreativesAcademy

DSC_0056On 7th March, we continued our conversations about how our experiences as men and women interact with writing. This time we were privileged to have as our guests Doris Mayoli, Sitawa Wafula and Bonnie Kim, writers who have overcome adversity, and have encouraged others by telling their story.

But while their experiences sound triumphant, these writers also have struggled to open a space where stories like theirs can encourage others going through similar experiences.  Continue reading

The pain, tears and realities of publishing

CA Week  8 posterA few years ago, I was determined to teach Stan Gazemba’s The Stone Hills of Maragoli in my East African literature class. I could not get the book on the shelves. A colleague of mine, who knew the publisher personally, called the publisher in my presence. I was asked how many copies I needed and they would be delivered. They never were.

For a moment we were tempted to use bootleg copies, but (un)fortunately for me, this friend who knew the publisher was also a member of KOPIKEN, so I was given a small lecture on respecting the rights of the writer and publisher.

I didn’t get a copy of the book until its reprint by Kwani?. Continue reading

MenTalk: Expanding the space for men’s voices at #CreativesAcademy

Although the conversation on the Future of men at the Storymoja Festival last year didn’t quite materialize as expected, a number of us felt that this conversation was too important for us to give up on. So we hoped to continue the discussion at the Creatives Academy with the topic “Careers in Writing,” which we held on February 28th.

MenTalkThe guests of the day were Oyunga Pala, Jackson Biko, Chris Lyimo and Mwalimu Andrew. For each of the four men, writing does pay some – if not all – their bills. Joel Amadi, one of the students of Creatives Academy, has penned an article on just how inspirational the meeting was.  Continue reading