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Kwani Publisher Kenya

  • Street / Area: P.O Box 2895-00100
  • City: Nairobi
  • Country: Kenya
  • Email: info@kwani.org
  • Phonenumber: +254 (0) 20 444 1801
  • Website: http://www.kwani.org
  • Book shops specialized in: Publishing
  • New or Used: New
  • Listed: juli 12, 2016 2:19 pm
  • Expires: 45 days, 15 hours
Kwani Publisher Kenya

Description

Kwani Publisher Kenya

Kwani Publisher Kenya established in 2003, Kwani Trust is a Kenyan based literary network dedicated to developing quality creative writing. And committed to the growth of the creative industry through the publishing and distribution of contemporary African writing. Offering training opportunities, producing literary events and establishing and maintaining global literary networks. Our vision is to create a society that uses its stories to see itself more coherently.

What we do:

Publish and distribution creative stories. Originally, a community of artists and writers sharing work on an online platform. Kwani Trust has developed into an institution that develops the literary arts. And publishes several fiction and non-fiction titles outside its flagship literary magazine. It has also developed an in-house sales team that markets and distributes these publications both locally and internationally.

Offer training opportunities for literary artists: Kwani Trust has developed an internationally recognized literary festival that provides different levels of training for writers. We also run different workshops for fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Through our international networks we have also managed to garner overseas scholarships for writers and artists.

Facilitate and produce literary events: Kwani Trust runs the biennial Kwani? Litfest in Nairobi and Lamu. To which we bring several international writers, academics and students to share ideas and exchange work with the local literary and artistic community. The Trust also runs several local literary events such as book launches, monthly readings and poetry performances. In addition to our monthly Open Mic and Sunday Salon Nairobi events, which are poetry and prose readings, respectively.

Why we do it

The absence of general infrastructure to promote the literary arts. Including technological know-how, legal frameworks and a coherent socio-cultural policy. Successful societies are based on underlying and self-defining texts and narratives. That serve as an impetus for their objectives and well-being. The creation of these texts and narratives requires a general infrastructure and an enabling environment.

Lack of effective distribution networks for literary and creative products. Beyond a creative-enhancing atmosphere and community, societies need to develop economic structures and products for artistic sustainability. The key to this is distributive systems.

The lack of theoretical knowledge and understanding of concepts. Underpinning creative industries and cultural enterprises such as artistic and literary institutions. And how to turn these into profitable enterprises. The general trajectory of most social advancement comes from research that leads to information and a subsequent development of knowledge. Developing knowledge and creative industries requires the same approach. Research, the identification of problem areas and theory has to be in place before the latter is achieved.

Lack of funding and related support systems for writers and the literary sector in East Africa. There is a general lack of economic support for artists, art-related ideas and even institutions. Expansion of physical and intellectual spaces for creative interactions and conversations.

Contact Kwani Publisher Kenya

Kwani Trust
Off Riverside Drive, opposite the Chiromo Campus student’s hostel.
P.O Box 2895-00100, Nairobi
Tel: +254 (0) 20 444 1801 (currently out of order) use +254 711 467 072
Email: info@kwani.org
Website: www.kwani.org

For book orders and related enquiries, please contact:
Africa (and rest of World, except Europe and North America):

Africa:
Kwani Trust,
P.O Box 2895-00100, Nairobi
Tel: +254 (0) 20 444 1801 (currently out of order) use +254 711 467 072
Online Orders: www.kwani.org

Europe:
African Books Collective,
P.O Box 721, Oxford, OX1 9EN, UK
Tel: + 44(0) 1869 349 110
Email: coxjn@msu.edu
Online Orders: www.africanbookscollective.com

North America:
Michigan State University Press,
1405 South Harrison Road, 25 Manly Miles Building,
East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
Tel: +1 517 355 9543, USA: 800 678 2120
Email: msupress@msu.edu
Online Orders: www.msupress.msu.edu

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