Speakers

Wanjiru Koinange

Wanjiru is a writer based in Nairobi. Her debut novel, The Havoc of Choice, based on the events surrounding the 2007 Kenyan general election will be published by Jacaranda UK in 2018. Her writing has been published in several journals and magazines across the continent including Chimurenga, SlipNet and Commonwealth Writers where she served as a cultural correspondent for East and Southern Africa. She has worked as a talent and event manager for some of East Africa’s most renowned artists and art practitioners. She is also the founder of Book Bunk, a social impact firm focused on the complete renovation and restoration of old library spaces as well as the installation of new libraries into public spaces. Wanjiru also explores ways in which creative production can be used to influence social change. These efforts are channelled through the Cape Town-based non-profit, Africa Centre, where she manages three of their core programs: Artists In Residency, Badilisha Poetry X-Change and Talking Heads. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Literature from the United States International University (USIU) and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town.

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