Day 2 [28th Sept]

Schools' Program

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8:30am – 9:00pm
Schools Registration at the Courtyard. Warm up with Music, Dance and Yoga. 

9:00am- 9:45am
Puppetry performance: Join Edna Kimani and Project Hand Up in this visually entertaining, and educational presentations as they explore puppet storytelling. 6 – 9 years | Storyhippo Tent

Storytelling & Poetry with Oswald Okaitei & Mildred Sakina: Oswald Okaitei (Ghana) has five international awards to his credit—World Poetry Empowered Poet 2013, Pentasi B. Inspirational Poet, World Poetry Theatre Ambassador award, Global Baobab Award and recently, The Spoken Word Artiste of the Year 2016. He has also authored five (5) poetry collections—A Wreath to Awoonor, The Sailor’s Sail Is Over (For Komla Dumor), Songs of Condolence to Tacloban, A Bright Light Sleeps (For Maya Angelou) & Mandela: The Soul of His Earth—and has been featured in several international anthologies (World Poetry Peace Anthology, Muse for Peace et al). 10 – 13 years | Ampitheatre

Introduction to blogging with BAKE: Learn from experienced bloggers; how to set up your blog, create interesting content, and promote and market your work. You can even learn how to make money with your blog! 14+ | American Corner

Creative Writing: Learn from award winning authors Iman Verjee and Edna Gicovi; learn the habits of succesful writers from authors who have been there, done that. 14+ | Coconut Space


10:00am – 10:45am

Meet the Author: Cynthia Leonor Garza & Mike Locket talk about the inspiration behind their stories and share secrets behind their writing process. They will also read from their books and autograph your copies! 6 – 9 years | Storyhippo Tent

Take Time: Performance by The Theatre Company & Catherine Enane 10 – 13 years | Ampitheatre

Meet the AuthorPauline Kea and Fred Obondo: Meet the Author of Secondary School Set book Kigogo, Pauline Kea. 14+ | Coconut Theatre

A Poetry Walk with Walt Hunter: An author and poet, Walt is the director in the Department of Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Professor of English Studies at Clemson University, US. In this poetry session, the participants will take a walk together and write poetry on the go. Poetry here, poetry now! 10 – 13 yearsCourtyard


11:00am – 11:45am

Child protection & safety with Maryana Munyendo/Simba Safe: Simba-Safe Kenya provides a Personal Safety Education Program (PSE) that teaches children and young adults age appropriate safety skills necessary to protect themselves in risky situations. Learn necessary safety skills, how to avoid getting into dangerous situations online, and what to do if you should ever find yourself in trouble. With Maryanne Munyendo & Simba Safe 6 – 9 years | Storyhippo Tent

Meet the Author: A Conversation with Burt Young Adult Literature Shortlist Winners William Mkufya (TZ), Elshadai Tesfaye (ET), Ruby Yayra Gokha (GH) with Kenyan Author Kari Mutu and Moderated by James Murua14+ | Ampitheatre

Dance & Music Session with Sakata Dance Judge and choreographer Joan Ball Burgess: Joanne brings an interactive poetry and dance workshop where the participants will be able to read through poetry, sense the rhythm of the poem and work together in groups to create rhythmic movement resulting in choreography set to poetry. Teachers, parents and students will enjoy this workshop as a refreshing approach to Literacy with beats and dance. 10 – 13 years | Ampitheatre


12:00pm – 12:45pm
Kiddie Poetry with Babishai NIWE & Book Launch: Using poetry, Ugandan poet Babishai NIWE teaches the 4 creative skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking to increase children’s capacity to communicate and lead. When Children Dare to Dream is a children’s anthology of poetry and short stories, compiled by Kariuki wa Nyamu and Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva. It’s a colourful depiction of the diversity of children’s truths. 6 – 9 years | Coconut Theatre

Meet the Storytellers – Mike Lockett (US) & Muthoni Muchemi (KE): Dr. Mike Lockett is an educator and tells traditional tales in a non-traditional manner. He has over a dozen story book titles to his name. Muthoni Muchemi is an African author and storyteller who regularly presents in schools and at events. 6 – 9 Years | Storyhippo Tent

Read Along – Read Along with Auma Obama Open Age | American Corner

Acting Dangerously: Drama Workshop by Keith Pearson Over the past sixteen years, Keith Pearson, as Managing Director of The Theatre Company (TTC), has been responsible for some of the most dynamic and adventurous performance work which has been seen in Kenya. This workshop promises to be engaging and stimulating! 14+ | Louis Leakey Auditorium


1:30 – 3:30pm 
Write like a Writer with Clifford Oluoch. Write Like A Writer training is geared towards making the student a better and more creative writer and thinker. The sessions are designed in such a way that the student is trained to think and write like a writer following some of the 4Cs of the 21st century: Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking & Communication. Through a series of interactive sessions, the learner is taken through a workshop style of self and peer reviewing of compositions written by students. 10 – 13 years | Storyhippo Tent

2.00 – 3.00pm

CRAZY TALES with Dr. Mike Lockett  & Muthoni Garland  | Open Age | Louis Leakey Auditorium


Masterclass: Poetry and Movement
With Joanne Ball Burgess & Oswald Okaitei
28th September | 2 – 5pm
Storymoja Festival | Ampitheatre | Nairobi National Museum
KES 500 | Register Now

Masterclass: Investigative Journalism
With John Allan Namu
28th September | 2 – 5pm
Storymoja Festival | Coconut Theatre | Nairobi National Museum
KES 500 | Register Now

Masterclass: Self Editing Skills

Self-editing is a skill that we all take for granted. We assume that MS Word will do the job using the spell checker. Is there more to self-editing than just spell-checking? What can you do to make your manuscript considered for publication? Attend this session to improve your prospects of getting published!

28th September | 2 – 5pm

Storymoja Festival |American Corner | Nairobi National Museum

KES 500 | Register Now



All Day

Courage Exhibition by Boniface Mwangi

This exhibition highlights stories of courageous individuals who paid a heavy price for Kenya to be where it is today. This is an exhibition about sacrifice and service beyond self. It is a commemoration of the power of ideas, and of the willingness to relentlessly fight for what is right.

Experience this exhibition and be inspired to be the change you want to see in Kenya. You will encounter men and women who, by living their life authentically and fearlessly, changed Kenya for the better. Their acts of courage may not have been appreciated at the time but they made a difference.

Here, we celebrate leaders who rose above tribal politics and ultimately condemned for their nonconformity. Their sacrifices are a lesson that Kenya has produced quality leaders, and if we stopped voting along tribal lines, our generation could elect passionate and commendable leaders. Each time you simply vote along tribal and party lines, you sell your soul and hinder Kenya’s growth.


Workshops for Teachers

10.00 – 11.00am | Open & Free to Librarians & Teachers. 

Reading Teens: How to tackle challenges facing Kenyan teachers and libraries in the quest to promote a love for reading among teenagers. With educator Joanne Ball Burgess  and CODE’s Burt Award Shortlisted Author Nahida Esmail. | American Corner

11.00 – 12.00am | Open & Free to Teachers

Trauma Awareness And Management Using Storytelling Tools: Curated  By Green String Network | American Corner



Premium Events

Thur 28th Sept 7pm – 10pm 

Too Early For Birds is a storytelling production that takes tales off to bring them to life with an aim to inspire awe,terror and admiration.

Early Bird Offer: 1,000.00, At the Gate: 1,500.00 | Louis Leakey Auditorium

6.00 – 8.30pm

Literary Crossroads with Abubakar Adan Ibrahim, author of award winning Season of Crimson Blossoms in conversation with Abdul Adan & Anja Bengelstorff

FREE Admission | Goethe Institut Auditorium, Nairobi CBD


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