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The StoryMoja Hay Festival was founded in 2008 in collaboration with the Hay Festival UK. It is a four day celebration of our stories and culture through storytelling, books, live discussion forums, workshops and music. This year marks the 5th annual event and will be held at The Nairobi National Musuem from 19th September to 22nd September. The theme is ‘Imagine The World: Waza Dunia’.

The festival is a 4 day celebration of our stories, our contemporary culture through story telling books, live performance and music. It will bring together novelists, poets, storytellers and other literary minds for a chance to explore and promote the reading culture in Kenya. This year will feature various guest who will seek to share their experiences. Teju Cole, Paula Kahumbu and Clifton Gachagua are among expected guests.

The event is not all about adults. The Schools programme and Story Hippo Children’s villages will offer exciting activities and sessions for your child. The sessions range from creative writing classes, Dance and Theatre camps and Publish your own Book sessions. It’s set to encourage the young ones to channel the creative in them and let them out.

Last year’s festival featured the stir-up “The School Bell Rings”. This year the stir-up is “Occupy Nairobi”. It is set to be an evening of great music and poetry. More details on the stir-up will come your way as soon as they are released.

Story Moja’s mission is “A book in every Hand” for this reason, you get a book with every ticket. Tickets go for: Adults Kshs, 1,000, Children Kshs. 500, Univeristy Student Kshs. 500 and a Season Pass is Kshs. 1,500. You can purchase your tickets on