The Kenya National Theatre will host the Macondo Literary Festival from September 15 to 17.
Orchestrated by the Macondo Book Society, this exciting literary gathering will feature a stellar lineup of renowned African authors, including Aminatta Forna, Leila Aboulela, Hemley Boum, Youssef Fadel, Ketty Nivyabandi, Kalaf Epalanga, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Masande Ntshanga, Kossi Komla-Ebri, and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor.
This year’s festival theme, “Disrupting Home,” aims to initiate thought-provoking dialogues and inspire audiences to reimagine the multifaceted concept of “home.”
“A literary festival on African histories and futures featured in fictional and non-fictional works, bringing together, for the first time on the continent, authors from Arab, English, French and Portuguese writing language zones of Africa in conversations across perceived limitations,” the Macondo Book Society says.
The Macondo Literary Festival encourages exploration of how these meanings can be challenged and how a deeper understanding of our collective histories can forge self-determined futures.
Building upon the success of its 2022 predecessor, themed “The Future of Memories,” this year’s festival promises to be an enriching literary experience.
The 2022 event attracted a distinguished guest list of international award-winning luminaries, including the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature laureate, Abdulrazak Gurnah.
About The Macondo Book Society
The Macondo Book Society is a non-profit organization registered in Kenya under the Societies Act.
It was founded by journalist Anja Bengelstorff and award-winning Kenyan author Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor.
The society’s mission is to organize regular literary festivals and other events that promote literature and authors from Africa, transcending linguistic borders.
Their aim is to amplify and showcase the rich diversity of literature from Africa, providing a public platform to engage a wider audience with Africa’s histories.
They believe that understanding the continent’s past is crucial for its present and future societal growth.
Through literature, they hope to foster this understanding and appreciation.