BY THE BOOK: Tobias Otieno


How many famous writers will have followed a course on creative writing?  At many universities and other institutions of learning courses in Creative Writing are being offered. One of these universities is Moi University, near Eldoret, Kenya. Tobias Otieno lectures creative writing and he tells in this article about his experiences.  

review A LONG WAY GONE


Wars produce stories. Stories of death and disaster. Stories of lives torn apart. Stories of people who were changed for the remaining part of their lives. The civil war in Sierra Leone produced stories. One of these is the story of Ismael Beah. He for the first time encountered the civil war when he was … Continue reading review A LONG WAY GONE

Maaza Mengiste: ‘The language of war is always masculine’


The writer Maaza Mengiste was born in Ethiopia and moved at a young age to the United States of America with her family. She has not forgotten her roots and her history and the people she belongs to. Ethiopia is part and parcel of her life. In her latest book The Shadow King she takes … Continue reading Maaza Mengiste: ‘The language of war is always masculine’

review DE DOOD VAN MURAT IDRISSI


Two young Dutch women from Moroccan descent decide to travel from the Rotterdam area in The Netherlands to Morocco. They want to be modern indepent women, not hindered by their traditional families, not hindered by people who watch their every step. Ilham did train in Financial Services and works at a call centre. Thoraya, her … Continue reading review DE DOOD VAN MURAT IDRISSI

review LE SIÈCLE DES SAUTERELLES


A book of beauty. A stream of words, crafted by Malika. At times I drifted along with her stream of thoughts and words used. To me this book is a beautiful book. This story is set in the desert areas of Algeria, during the colonial days., when the French colonial power tried to rule this … Continue reading review LE SIÈCLE DES SAUTERELLES