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Ready for the Mantle – A Conversation with Erick Livumbazi

Erick Livumbazi Ngoda is one of Kenya’s prolific authors of young adult literature. I got into conversation with him to understand his journey and what he is up to in the coming days.   Most of your acquaintances know you as a writer. Do you write full time? When did you start? How was the experience? I cannot remember wanting Read More


Once bitten, now wise: finding the right publisher

In my recent article, I discussed the naivety of new writers when launching into publishing. Even though I have handled a number of self-published manuscripts, my advice to a budding author is to always seek a traditional publisher. Many self-published books are normally of poor editorial quality if there is any, and paper quality. However, that does not mean there Read More


Understanding the Publishing Industry: Some Advice for Young Writers

In the last one week, I have read with dismay narrations of how young eager writers were conned by someone they label a ‘rogue publisher.’ This development points to various problems in the publishing industry. One, young or new writers are too eager to cling onto any promise of a ‘deal’ to get published even when all indications show that Read More


Helon Habila

Oil on Water: A Review

Helon Habila’s Oil on Water is now eight years old. But it is not ageing at all. The novel has received raving reviews from The Times, The Independent, The Metro, The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, The Metro, The New York Times, among other major newspapers, and for a valid reason. Not once have we read about the turmoil in Read More


Lifted Brow Poster 2018

$5000 Experimental Non-Fiction Prize

The Lifted Brow & RMIT non-fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction is currently receiving submission from all over the world. According to the organisers “This prize seeks work that is unlike any other. We want to hear from writers we’ve never read before, and we want writers we already know and love to challenge themselves to create work unlike any they’ve Read More


All for Books Kenya

All for Books Initiative Receives KES 5.7 Million Worth of Books from Moran

The All for Books campaign has received storybooks worth KES 5.7 million from Moran Publishers. The book handover event was held Tuesday 13, March 2018 at the publisher’s Judda Complex headquarters.   Moran Publishers CEO, Mr David Muita lauded the All for Books initiative that seeks to spread storybooks to all corners of Kenya in an effort to spread the Read More