Our fifth Storymoja Hay Festival in Nairobi runs 19–22 September and is the annual celebration of Storymoja's year-round campaign to promote the culture of reading in Kenya. The festival is held at the Nairobi National Museum.
Join us for an international gathering of great writers and thinkers as they imagine the world and tell the story of life in Kenya today. Highlights include Teju Cole, Mukesh Kapila, Peter Godwin, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Dr Auma Obama, Catherine Ndereba, Paula Kahumbu, Sitawa Namwalie and Mongane Wally Serote.
There are family events at the children's Storyhippo Village, from science experiments to poetry workshops with writers for young people including Jenny Valentine and Atinuke, and great music and theatre events in the evenings.
Thursday 19 September and Friday 20 September are our dedicated Programme for Schools days. We are delighted to be joined by Dr Auma Obama talking about leadership and confidence skills, Patrick Wameyo and Florence Ambayo on careers advice, and success stories from animator and Just a Band member Daniel Muli, alongside poetry workshops and live literature.
The Schools Days inspire young people to think and write creatively. They provide a unique opportunity to reach out to children and get them involved in cultural events, with opportunities to meet their literary heroes. Nairobi National Museum staff will also be on hand to give tours of the internationally important exhibits in the museum and to share their knowledge with students.
For the full programme see hayfestival.org/Nairobi