Dearest friends,

This weekend (24th-25th March) Spoken Word Rwanda is hosting Kigali’s first Arts Festival, themed “Promoting Spoken Word, Literature and Art.” The festival will take place on Saturday 24th March at Ishyo Arts Centre in Kaciyru (from 1.30pm to 10pm), and on Sunday 25th March at the Kwetu Film Institute (from 2pm to 5pm).

As part of this event, leading East African writers Doreen Baingana and Billy Kahora will be visiting Kigali to run creative writing workshops and talk about writing and publishing.

Creative workshops will take place on Saturday 24th March at 2pm. Doreen Baingana will be running a session on writing fiction and Billy Kahora will run a session on writing creative non-fiction. These workshops are limited to 30 people, so please email spokenwordrwanda@yahoo.com to book a place and indicate which workshop you would prefer to attend.

At 3pm on Saturday 24th March Doreen Baingana and Billy Kahora will take part in a panel discussion about ‘Writing and Publishing in East Africa’ – this is open to everyone. Both writers will read from their work as well as discuss and answer questions about their writing and about writing and publishing in East Africa. This event is hosted by Material Books – a new literary publishing house based in Kigali.

Doreen Baingana won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for ‘Tropical Fish’ in 2006 and is the current chair of FEMRITE (the Ugandan Women Writers’ Association).

Billy Kahora is the Managing Editor of the Kenyan literary journal Kwani? He has written one book of creative non-fiction, ‘The True Story of David Munyakei’ (2009), as well as the scripts for the 2010 film ‘Soul Boy’ (dir Tom Tykver) and ‘Nairobi Half Life’ (release Feb 2012).

In addition – a family of the finest poets and artists this side of Africa will be showcasing their talents, with a spoken word evening on Saturday, 24th March – still at Ishyo Arts Centre.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from and about some of the most exciting voices in contemporary African literature, poetry and art!!

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