Story Moja Publishers
Profile of Storymoja
Storymoja was formed in August 2007 by a collective of writers who are committed to publishing contemporary East African writing of world-class standard. A reading nation is a smarter nation. To read our own stories helps us understand ourselves and that knowledge empowers. To that end, we source widely to identify good local writers, help them publish and distribute the work locally and internationally. We also commission writing based on interviews with those affected by issues that shape our society.
By the end of 2014, Storymoja had published, in print and/or digital versions:
- Twenty one titles for adults under the Storymoja imprint
- One hundred children’s titles under the Storyhippo and Storymoja imprints
- We also market and distribute books on behalf of a few other individuals and publishers
Our motto is to ‘Get a book in every hand.’
Growing Kenya’s reading culture is Storymoja’s mission as it feeds our business, our personal call as writers, and our patriotic duty. To that end, we organize an annual international literary festival in Nairobi every September and initiated the Start a Library campaign to stock books in schools that do not have libraries, as well as other reading-promotion campaigns.
Key campaigns projects that Storymoja has initiated and/or executed:
· Read Aloud National Record setting day. http://www.startalibrary.org/site/We intend that Kenya break a world record in reading.
· Start a Library. To generate interest in reading, and facilitate greater access to books, Storymoja initiated this campaign in 2012 to encourage the public and companies to donate books to stock libraries in primary schools.
· Reading Revolution Campaign. The new knowledge economy requires critical thinking and creative skills, which are best developed through reading books from an early age.
· Storymoja Festival. http://storymojafestival.com/ In this annual festival held in September, over 6000 people, including international and local writers, thinkers and personalities gather over three days in Nairobi to participate in a range of debates, discussions, talks/interviews, workshops and competitions. The main objective of the festival is to stimulate interest in ideas and books, and to celebrate knowledge. In 2015, we will launch a second regional festival in Nakuru (the Careerpedia Edition).
- Writing workshops. We train aspiring writers to improve their craft skills and to develop books and stories.
- Ongoing Storytelling in Primary schools. Our storytelling team regularly visited schools in greater Nairobi in 2010-2013 to excite them about stories. This was a popular programme with both teachers and children.
- Cut Off My Tongue on stage. We successfully staged this show, based on the famous book of poetry by Sitawa Namwalie, in Kenya, Uganda and the UK.
- The Matatu from Watamu Drove into the Sea. This is a musical theatre production with an environmental theme – marine conservation – was performed as a pilot in May 2010 with children from a low-cost Government School, Arya Primary in Ngara.
- Universities Storytelling Competition. IN 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, we conducted storytelling competitions in 70 tertiary institutions around greater Nairobi.
· 2008/2009 Nairobi Spelling Bee drew on competitors from 28 primary schools around Nairobi and was aired on Citizen TV. This competition was modeled on the American Spelling Bee and was sponsored by Henkel.
· After the post-election conflict, we worked with a children’s psychologist to develop peace workshops based on our book, Land of the Kitchen, that we rolled out to children representatives from the 200 primary schools in Nairobi. Our key partners in the project were UN Habitat and the Nairobi City Council.
· We launched a ‘Kenya Get Reading Campaign’ in 2007 with a media breakfast at which writers engaged with media representatives to discuss issues inhibiting our reading beyond exams.
Physical Address : 264 -00606 Sarit Centre Nairobi
Postal Address: P.O. Box 264 -00606 Sarit Centre Nairobi