Artist: Juliet Barnes

Artist: Juliet Barnes
Country: Kenya

Born and brought up in Kenya, my MA in English language and literature was achieved in St Andrew’s, Scotland. Since then I have written fiction and non-fiction for children, teenagers and adults for over 30 years, published both in Kenya and the UK. I also have taught English to children all over Kenya and travelled extensively as freelance writer and Editor of Ndege News Magazine. The Ghosts of Happy Valley, my work of adult non-fiction on the history of Kenya’s Happy Valley houses, attracted much interest in Kenya, including from the Nyandarua County Government, and has resulted in my creating and Chairing the Happy Valley Heritage Trust, aiming to protect Kenya’s colonial houses and other important buildings.


  • Hillcrest: A History, 2015, Old Africa Books, Kenya (adult non-fiction)
  • The Ghosts of Happy Valley, 2013 Aurum Press, London (adult non fiction)
  • Lake of Smoke and Monkey Matters, 2007/8, Phoenix, Kenya (teenage fiction)
  • I can Fly, 2007, Longman, Kenya, (teenage fiction)

Earlier works include:

  • Let’s Visit Kenya,Macmillan, UK (teenage non-fiction)
  • Why Stripes? and For Love of Noonkipa, Brimax, UK (children’s fiction)
  • Sparkle Visits the Game Park, The Foolish Python, The Prisoner, The Clever Trick, Naughty Sparkle,
  • Space Sellers, Kenya (children’s fiction, illustrated by Anthony Mwangi )


  • Runner-up, Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature (Lake of Smoke) 
  • shortlisted, Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (Broken Glass)
  • shortlisted, Spear Book Award (The Ghosts of Happy Valley)

Session at the Storymoja Festival

30th September 2017
4.00pm – 6.00pm
Amani Tent

The place of History and Identity in Literature today with Juliet Barnes (Author,UK), XN Iraki (Writer, KE) Moderated by Owaahh (Best Topical Blogger, KE)

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