Kenya has not been left behind when it comes to hosting literary festivals. It has its literary festivals that have to grow bigger than expected. Some of these literary festivals are so popular that they attract different partners as well as visitors from other countries. These have also provided a platform form literary enthusiasts within the county to participate in other international book fairs and festivals and showcase what the country has to offer. These literary festivals have contributed to the growth of the African literary stage on the global map. In Kenya alone, there is the Nairobi International Bookfair organized by the Kenya Publishers Association, the Story Moja Festival, the recently launched Macondo Literary Festival.
Nairobi International Book Fair
This is an annual festival that is organised by the Kenya Publishers Association. The book fair attracts many participants and visitors. The event seeks to enhance a reading culture not only in Kenya but also in Africa at large. The idea is to enable the society to communicate on issues and do so through books. As such, the book fair attracts all books, whether they are creative works or factual text. This serves as the reflection of the society from which the writers come.African Literary Festival
Story Moja Festival
Story Moja Festival is an international celebration of ideas stories and writing culture through books, storytelling, live discussions, poetry, skits, music demonstrations, and workshops, and so on. The festival started in 2007 and has been going on ever since. It started as the Nyama Choma Reading Fiesta and later morphed into Story Moja Festival. It also involves open mics, exhibitions, and performances as we as art competitions. It has been described as the most significant book party in East Africa as well as a celebration of books, stories, and culture. It has gained fame due to its vibrant way of gathering the greatest minds in Kenya and beyond.
Macondo Literary Festival
The Macondo Literary Festival brings together various writers from the Portuguese and English speaking nations of Africa. The term ‘Macondo’s a fictional place where magical things take place. It comes from the Colombian Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia’s Marquez novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. It was started by Award-winning novelist Yvonne Adhiambo and journalist Anja Bengelstorff. The first-ever event took place in Nairobi and run under the Macondo Literary Festival name. Writers from Portuguese and English speaking countries of Africa and diaspora come together for conversations, debate and readings on African histories and so on.