New Anthology of Folktales from Africa to Launch At Storytelling Festival in December

13 November, Nairobi: A new collection of folktales, Story Story, Story Come – 12 Re-Imagined Folktales from Africa by writers from across the African continent will be launched at a one day Storytelling Festival on the 15th of December in Nairobi. 

The stories celebrate generosity, hard work, humility, respect for children and those living with disability, and warn against corruption, greed, war, nepotism, and the obsession with fame and materialism. According to the editor of the anthology, Gambian storyteller Maïmouna Jallow, “We wanted a collection that would speak to current issues that we face in society today. The authors of Story Story, Story Come have done so brilliantly, each in their own style and voice. There are nods to African heroes, like Thomas Sankara and Ama Ata Aidoo. And many of the protagonists are young girls. I describe it as a feminist, Pan-Africanist, Afro-centric collection!”

The stories have also been recorded as audio books, with original music compositions by legendary Afro-Electro musician Franck Biyong and his team of over twenty musicians.

In 2016, arts and media company Positively African launched an online contest asking African writers to re-imagine a traditional tale resulting in over 100 submissions. An esteemed panel of judges including Nigerian author, Chuma Nwokolo, award winning storytellers Mara Menzies and Roger Jenkins, and former director of the Caine Prize, Lizzy Attree, selected the stories, which are in the anthology. “These folktales share wisdom in a simple and memorable manner,” says contest judge Roger Jenkins. “They are more entertaining than a sermon, more rewarding than a fable.”

Story Story, Story Come is published by Paivapo in East and Southern Africa founded by author Zukiswa Wanner and Ake Festival Founder and Director, Publisher and author Lola Shoneyin’s Tanja, an imprint of Ouida Books.

It will be launched at the Alliance Francaise in Nairobi on December 15th during the Re-Imagined Storytelling Festival, where a group of tellers will premiere a performance adaptation of some of the tales.  The event will also include performances by tellers from Morocco, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Australia and Kenya, as well as interactive workshops on illustration, dance and stories, and puppetry; a reading nook and a listening booth.  END

 

Note:

Tickets are available on mook.com – http://bit.ly/2PLQBOy

 

Find out more on www.reimaginedstories.com

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For interviews, contact:

Maimouna Jallow:

maimouna.jallow@gmail.com

+254 (0) 701 572 757

 

                         Judy Akelle Waguma                           

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