The fifth edition of Kwani? Litfest - the biennial gathering of writers, artists and thinkers drawn from across Africa is slated to run thorugh from 1st - 6th December 2015.

Key among highlights of the week-long convergence is often vibrant panelist sessions, discourses, readings and performances besides numerous book launches. This year's literary festival theme is 'Beyond the Map of English: Writers in conversation on Language'.

Confirmed participants include Nuruddin Farah, Taiye Selasi, Boris Boubacar Diop, Yvonne Adhiambo Owour, Wu Ming, Prof. Aldin Mutembei, FOKN Bois and Siphiwo Mahala.

Also on the cards are moderated discussions taking place in multiple venues, whose core objective is seek to explore issues of language and how this relates to African experiences and writing on the continent.

An East African edition of Nuruddin Farah's book 'Hiding in Plain Sight' - published by the Kwani Trust will also be launched. The novel's storyline, which explores themes of family, freedom and loyalty - is set against the backdrop of a terrorist attack during which a Kenyan UN worker in Mogadishu succumbs to deadly injuries.

Farah has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature several times. The author is also winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the Lettre Ulysses Award. His body of work includes two trilogies - Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship [1980] and Blood in the Sun [1986].

A series of public lectures will also feature at the Litfest delivered by Mr. Farah, Taiye Selasi [Ghanaian and Nigerian novelist], Boris Boubacar Diop [Senegalese writer] and Prof. Aldin Mutembei [Tanzanian scholar and novelist].

Members of public have been invited to engage during the lectures at various locations - the Kenya National Theatre, University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Alliance Fran├žaise and the Kwani? Trust Office space.

Ghanaian music group Fok Bois are lined up to perform at an evening book party scheduled to take place at The Elephant - a perfect setting for the release of latest issues of the Kwani? 08 Journal.

Some of the writers published in the issue include Ngala Chome, Okwiri Odour, Laura Fish, Paul Goldsmith and Jackie Lebo.

Of note: winners of inaugural Mabati-Cornell Prize for Kiswahili Literature will be announced during the Kwani? Litfest - facilitated through partnership with Mabati Rolling Mills.


The Cover of Farah's book

Boris Diop