Company Name:  Storymoja Publishers

Contact Person:  Weslie Onsando

Telephone Number: 0733838161

Email Address: [email protected]

Web site address:

Nairobi, Kenya – 15th -18th September 2011




Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, British Book Award winner-Hari Kunzru, world-renowned travel writer Peter Moore and children’s illustrator Stian Hole are just some of the headliner guests featuring at the Storymoja Hay Festival this year. Kenyan writers such as Chris Hart, Chris Limo and Muthoni Muchemi will also be participating.


The Storymoja Hay Festival celebrates writing, ideas and contemporary culture through workshops, live discussions and presentations in its temporary ‘tented city’ at the Railway Sports Grounds. Last year the Festival attracted over 6000 attendants from all over the world and is currently the biggest literary festival in Eastern Africa.


The festival runs in-depth discussions on literature: both local and international. However they also cover a broad range of subjects from the science behind chips-funga to the peculiarities of a Kenyan consumer to the new face of citizen journalism. Children at the festival get to write, illustrate and publish their own books. UK comedian James Campbell will be putting on a show for them everyday. Other children’s activities are science experiments, storytelling, and dance workshops.

For those who would prefer more face time with their favorite authors, they could spend Friday evening dining with the stars under the stars at the festival grounds.


This year the Storymoja Hay Festival runs from 15th to 18th September 2011 at the Railway Sports Grounds. Tickets cost  Ksh 500 and may be purchased at the gate.

The festival is organized by Storymoja Publishers in conjunction with Hay Festival UK and the British Council. Other sponsors include the American Embassy.



Company History 

Storymoja is a 3-year-old publishing venture formed by five writers who are committed to publishing contemporary East African writing of world-class standard. Our books are marketed to a wide Kenyan audience for entertainment rather than as textbook material. We want to challenge the  perception that Kenyans do not read (other than required educational text) by providing them with the contemporary stories they can identify with and which we believe they are dying to read.


For further information


Twitter: @hayfestke

Facebook: Storymoja Hay Festival 2011


For interview requests, program or additional information contact:

Weslie Onsando

Landline: 020-208-9595

Cell phone: 0733838161


Download Info:

About Storymoja – PDF 

Storymoja Hay Festival Guests – PDF