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Kenya will host a literary festival that will bring together authors, poets, editors, literary agents and publishers from Africa and around the world. The festival will be held in Nairobi and on the historical island of Lamu.

Following the success of 2006, Kwani Litfest 2008 is set to bring an even brighter cast of literary icons and events to Kenya during the first two weeks of August for a world-class celebration of African stories. The event consists of a variety of interactive events and forums, including creative writing workshops, panel discussions, lectures, book signings and readings.

“Kenya has never been more relevant to global development than today,” notes Binyavanga Wainaina, founding editor of Kwani? Magazine and contributor to Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Granta, and other notable publications. “For the best writers on the continent to gather in a setting that embodies Africa’s greatest hopes and deepest fears is an extraordinary opportunity.”

The festival will be held between the Kenyan capital Nairobi and Lamu, an island off the coast of Northern Kenya. Lamu’s historic Stone town (a World Heritage site) is one of the world’s great cultural treasures- and has been a significant centre for the Swahili culture since the 14th Century.

This unique festival kicks off August 1 to 15, 2008 and seeks to bring some of the worlds finest writers and scholars to share their experiences and knowledge with upcoming writers, scholars and editors in East Africa.

Source: Kenya Tourist Board

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