THIS

Progressive politics, ideas & culture

Menu

Kwani Trust

Kwani? magazine shifts Kenya's national political conversation

Siena AnstisWebsite

Several of my previous blog posts have mentioned Kwani?, the Nairobi literary journal/publishing network dedicated to building contemporary African literature. My interest in the publication was first aroused by the contrasting literary scenes in Uganda and Kenya. While FEMRITE, based in Kampala, Uganda, is a strong local writers’ organization, I never found a literary magazine […] More »

Author Binyavanga Wainaina: "What the fuck is African literature?"

Siena AnstisWebsite

When I attended the Caine Prize in London last week, I was excited to listen to the voices of some of Africa’s top authors. I felt caught up in the growing literature movement: writers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Binyavanga Wainaina topping international headlines, developing a notable reputation within their countries and abroad. However, interviewing […] More »

To really aid Africa, start with its literature

Siena AnstisWebsite

Last Saturday afternoon, I attended “Writing Africa: Making 10 years of the Caine Prize“ at the British Library in London. The prize, which awards around $16,000 to the best short story written by an African author, featured previous winners Chika Unigwe, Binyavanga Wainana and Brian Chikwava. After the reading, a member of the audience asked whether this increasing […] More »