KNT Auditorium

10 am - 11 am

Literature in Lusophone Africa

An introduction to stories, writers, trends and the literary scene in Lusophone African countries with Portuguese-English translator Jethro Soutar, Mozambiquan editor and writer Jessemusse Cacinda and Bissau-Guinean writer Yovanka Perdigao


Moderator: Aleya Kassam

12 noon - 1 pm

Meet the author: Ondjaki (Angola)

An introduction to an author from the Africa39 project - why, what and how he writes. And what does magical realism got to do with it?


Moderator: Maya Muturi

2 pm - 3 pm

The danger of a single history

The conquerers of Africa wrote accounts of the continent's history that still have an impact today. Discover the role of literature in (re)writing a nation's/a continent's history, according to Mozambiquan author Ungulani and two young Kenyan activists


with: Ungulani (Mozambique), Monaja (Kenya), Mohamed Abdirizak (Kenya)

Moderator: Mshai Mwangola

4 pm - 5 pm

Why does the past matter?

History is made of stories, words create worlds. How can literature re-imagine Africa's histories? How can fictional prose alter the perception of history? And why does it matter? Kenyan novelist Peter Kimani and Bissau-Guinean writer Yovanka Perdigao in conversation on why authors engage with history and  how this journey can affect the writer personally.

Moderator: Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

5.30 pm - 6.30 pm

"Because I always feel like running"

Ogutu Muraya navigates the phenomenon and politics of running. Since the 1960s the success of athletes became tied with the process of nation building and the creation of a new identity in a post-independence context. The performance weaves historical, documentary and personal narratives in a study of endurance running.

Storytelling by Ogutu Muraya

Ukumbi Mdogo

10.30 am - 11.30 am

Meet the author: Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa (Mozambique)

Who is the author of "Ualalapi", a compelling historical vision that was termed "one of Africa's best books of the 20th century"?


Moderator: Catherine Ndung'o

12.30 pm - 13.30 pm

The history of stories

Two authors, one country. When the writer encounters and ‘cross-examines’ Official National History, what emerges? Is this necessary? A conversation with Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and Peter Kimani


Moderator: Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

2.30 pm - 3.30 pm

Meet the author: Jonny Steinberg (South Africa)

A writer, journalist and academic, Jonny Steinberg's non-fictional accounts of South Africa's people and institutions go under your skin and stay there. How does he do that? And why do we only hear about it now? In conversation with festival organiser Anja Bengelstorff

4.30 pm - 5.30 pm

World Book Launch: The Madwoman of Serrano by Dina Salústio (Cape Verde)

On the market for barely 10 days, "The madwoman of Serrano" is Cape Verdian author Dina Salústio's first translated work from the original Portuguese into English. It is, in fact, the first novel by a female Cape Verdian writer to be translated into English. Dina speaks about her book and is joined by her translator, Jethro Soutar, to discuss the journey of this publication and language as a home.

Moderator: Aleya Kassam

6.30 pm - 9 pm: Kizomba with and for all in the courtyard

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