The Director of the Edinburgh Book Festival, Nick Barley, will be moderating tonight’s Freedom Conversation event at the Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi.
Launched in 1983, the Edinburgh Book Festival is celebrated annually in Scotland when writers from all over the world gather to meet to exchange thoughts and opinions on some of the world’s most pressing issues.
Joining Nick will be Kenyan Yvonne Owuor and Kapka Kassabova from Scotland.
Yvonne Owuor is a Kenyan author, who won the 2003 Caine Prize for African Writing for her story “Weight of Whispers”, about an aristocratic Rwandan refugee in Kenya. In 2004, she won the Woman of the year (Arts, Heritage category) for her contributions to the arts in Kenya and the following year, her critically acclaimed book Dust was not only shortlisted for the Folio Prize, but also won Kenya’s pre-eminent literary prize, the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature.
Kapka Kassabova is predominantly a writer of narrative non-fiction, but has also written poetry and fiction. Her debut novel, Reconnaissance was published in 1999 and was followed by Street Without a Name (2008), Twelve Minutes of Love: A Tango Story (2011) and her latest book, Border (2017).
Music will be provided by Tetu Shani and the event is supported by the British Council.
This free three hour event begins at 6pm tonight (30 November) at the Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi.