KENYA, MON AMOUR
Welcome to an intense autumn with 10TAL!
10TAL presents the first comprehensive introduction to contemporary Kenyan prose and poetry in Swedish. Last winter, our editorial staff went to Kenya and found a literary rebellion. Writers, scholars and editors of periodicals debating, writing articles, short stories, essays and satires, organizing events and starting publishing firms, thus contributing to the democratization process in Kenya. Next week we release our Kenya issue, in time for the Göteborg Book Fair, where the main theme this year is Africa. 136 pages of fiction, interviews and pictorial articles by and about the country’s most interesting writers, journalists and photographers.
10TAL has invited four of Kenya’s most renowned writers to seminars and stage performances at this year’s book fair as well as to a grand release party in Stockholm. Read more below!
And please come and visit us in our stand at the fair, E02:20!
Madeleine Grive and co-editors
CLUB 10TAL – KENYA IN STOCKHOLM
Monday September 27th, Club 10TAL organizes an all-night program with the new generation of Kenyan writers. We present Binyavanga Wainaina, founder of the prominent periodical in East Africa, Kwani?, awarded the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing and contributor to, among others, National Geographic, The New York Times and The Guardian; Shailja Patel, poet, performance artist and political activist who has toured the world with her one-woman show Migritude; in 2009, she scored a success at the Stockholm Poetry Festival at Dramaten; Wambui Mwangi, writer of fiction, essayist and scholar in post-colonial theory, cultural politics, African popular culture, gender issues etc., and known for her blog Diary of A Mad Kenyan Woman; Billy Kahora, writer and chief editor of Kwani?
We offer recitals, show, music + surprises!
A hearty welcome to CLUB 10TAL – KENYA IN STOCKHOLM!
September 27, 19–24, Teaterstudio Lederman, Gästrikegatan 13, Stockholm.
Entrance: Special offer! For only 100 SEK you get entrance and the freshly released issue of 10TAL!
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SCHEDULE FOR THE GÖTEBORG BOOK FAIR: GUESTS AND PROGRAM OF 10TAL
In cooperation with Creative Force/ Swedish Institute
Thursday 23 September
”A special tip for you: Sunsets and hunger catastrophes are great”
The quote is taken from a satirical text by the writer and winner of the Cain Prize Binyavanga Wainaina – How (not) to write about Africa – on the generalizing picture of a continent. In many parts of the West, Africa is still seen as the dark, impoverished continent or the dancing home of magical tales. Binyavanga Wainaina dissects clichés and stereotypes too often used by non-African writers when undertaking to describe the continent. Wainaina’s text has provoked attention and discussion in many quarters. Here, we Europeans can listen to some voices giving their view of the Western image of Africa. Participators are Binyavanga Wainaina from Kenya, Helon Habila from Nigeria, Kopano Matlwa from South Africa and Alain Mabanckou from Kongo-Brazzaville, who will discuss and talk about their own experiences. Moderator: Marika Griehsel, journalist, formerly correspondent for Swedish Television in South Africa.
Organizers: Afrika 2010, Tranan, Karavan, 10TAL, the Swedish Institute and Weyler publishing.
How endangered is the book in Africa?
The local book industry on the African continent is struggling with considerable problems. Who buys books? How are books distributed in and between African countries, and how do they reach out into the rest of the world? Could the development of digital media be a solution? What consequences will it have for writers, periodicals, networks, book publishing and readers? These are some of the many questions which will be discussed by Akoss Ofori-Mensah from Sub-Saharan Publishers in Ghana, Mary Jay from ABC, African Books Collective, a distributor of books published in Africa, Hilda Twongyeirwe from Femrite in Uganda, Elieshi Lema, publisher and writer of both children’s books and books for adults, Yohannes Gebregeorgis from the reading movement Ethiopia Reads, Billy Kahora from the periodical Kwani? in Kenya and Tolu Ogunlesi, writer from Nigeria. Moderator: Svante Weyler, publisher.
Organizers: 10TAL, Afrika 2010, Karavan, Bokspindeln, the Swedish Institute and Tranan.
Sparkling stand-up poetry!
Stand-up poetry with the performance poets Shailja Patel from Kenya and Lesego Rampolokeng from South Africa.
Organizers: 10TAL, Karavan och Afrika 2010.
Friday 24 September
In connection with the release of our big Kenya issue, 10TAL organizes a seminar with some of the most prominent writers and at the same time most important voices and participators in Kenya’s cultural life.
Kenya, independence and literature
How is the belief in democracy and equality maintained in a country where literature is regularly confiscated, printing possibilities very limited and the oppression of women cannot be openly discussed? Four politically committed Kenyan writers: Wambui Mwangi, Binyavanga Wainaina, Shailja Patel and Billy Kahora, who also publish Kwani?, an influential periodical in East Africa, discuss the importance of literature for the future of Kenya. Moderator: Madeleine Grive, chief editor of 10TAL.
Organizers: 10TAL, the Swedish Institute and Afrika 2010.
Orature – what is it?
Oral storytelling is both ancient and contemporary, local and universal. It is created in a specific context and is therefore forever changing. It is literature in symbiosis with music and drama and mime, and today also with performance, stand-up and rap. In Africa, orature is still present. Does this mean that modern African writers have a particularly conscious relation to the oral tradition? Is there a concern for its survival? Is it put to use? Or is it dismissed? The four writers who meet in this discussion are Helon Habila and Biyi Bandele from Nigeria, Shailja Patel from Kenya and Lesego Rampolokeng from South Africa. Moderator: Leif Lorentzon, Ph.D. in African literature.
Organizers: Afrika 2010, Tranan, 10TAL, the Swedish Institute and Leopard.
Out of Africa?
Many African writers reach us through Europe or USA. The seminar discusses the African diaspora, migration and exile, and the issues of language and identity. How are authors affected by migration, voluntary or involuntary? Does one’s own identity become clearer or more obscure? Does that which has left behind emerge more distinctly from a distance? Sefi Atta went to USA to study economy, Chris Abani fled from Nigeria, Shailja Patel alternates between Kenya and USA, Maaza Mengiste has now for the first time written about Ethiopia, which she left as a 4-year-old, Miguel Gullander is a Swedish-Portuguese writer, who after a period of working in Cape Verde and then in Mozambique, has now moved to Angola. Moderator: Stefan Helgesson, writer and lecturer in English.
Organizers: Afrika 2010, Celander publishing, Forum, Instituto Camôes and 10TAL.
Saturday 25 September
In connection with the publishing of our Kenya issue, 10TAL presents Kenya’s foremost author and the first East African writer to be published in English (1964), Ngugi wa Thiongo. Since then, his books have been translated into more than thirty languages. In many of his works, he has depicted Kenya’s development from a British colony to the struggle for freedom and the country’s independence in 1963.
The language of power and the power of language
How can African self-esteem be restored in a globalized and overexploited world? This is the basic question in Ngugi wa Thiongo’s highly topical book Something Torn and New. The solution, according to Ngugi, is to be found in the local languages. He is internationally renowned as a novelist and active as a professor in English literature, but has stopped writing fiction in English in favour of the language Gikuyu, in order to be able to reach Kenyan workers and farmers. The talk with Ngugi wa Thiongo is led by Raoul Granqvist, who for a long time have focused upon Kenyan literature and who, like Ngugi, is a professor in English literature.
Organizers: 10TAL, Afrika 2010 and the Swedish Institute.
Poetry performance with the writers and artists Shailja Patel from Kenya and Lesego Rampolokeng from South Africa.
Organizers: 10TAL, Karavan and Afrika 2010.
Read more about what happens in our stand E02:20 on our homepage 10tal.se!
Monday 27 September
CLUB 10TAL – Kenya in Stockholm
After the book fair we bring our invited Kenyan writers to Stockholm and organize a grand release party for our Kenya issue at Teaterstudio Lederman, Gästrikegatan 13 Stockholm. Monday September 27 we move Nairobi to Stockholm for an all-night program of recitals, music, dance and partying! Keep a lookout for more information on our homepage, or subscribe to our newsletter, marknad@00talcom.
The event Kenya in Stockholm is organized in cooperation with Creative Force/Swedish Institute, The Nordic Africa Institute and ABF Stockholm.
Events and activities organized by 10TAL are sponsored by Kulturrådet, Stockholms Kulturförvaltning and Stockholms Läns Landsting.