By Chesi Lumasia I am in that wistful mood that sends one searching in all manner of places to assuage depressing melancholy. I get onto Facebook and pictures of home are just the necessary and sufficient anodyne I crave. Relieved, I wander about and stumble on Cartoon254. I am home proper: code +254. The page … More Cartoon254, Street Literature on Facebook
By Chesi Lumasia, a visiting Rhodes University student at Uppsala University Since the liberalization of the media in the 1990s in Kenya, there has been an explosion of comedy among other cultural productions on the Kenyan mainstream media, alternative media and the new media of the Internet. Among the many comedy shows that Kenyans look … More Churchill Show dispenses with the usual to bring back Moi days on Kenyan TV
By Rodney Likaku Haroun Risa believes in “using what you have” in the moment “to get what you want done”. One is inclined to believe him: he has recently written, packaged, published, and marketed his debut novel Mombasa Raha, My Foot almost single-handedly. The novel, like the author is a narrative in literal motion. Haroun … More A Story in Motion: Author Haroun Risa talks to African Street Literature
By Ashleigh Harris Sheila Bosire describes herself as a “career writer” mostly interested in literary fiction, which is a brave career choice in Nairobi, where fiction is clearly on the decline. Bosire describes literary fiction as a “niche market” in Kenya and this supports the impression I have had when talking to a variety of … More Genre-hustling in Nairobi: Author Sheila Bosire talks to African Street Literature
The Day of the Imprisoned Writer was started by PEN International in 1981 to recognize authors who face repression and imprisonment for their work. It has been observed on 15 November every year since then. This year, one of members of the project – Nicklas Hållén – was invited to participate in a public talk … More Day of the Imprisoned Writer
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Interview with Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Linnaeus University, Sweden. Here we are talking about our research project with the Concurrences research project and centre of excellence at Linnaeus University.