Finding a Literary Voice in East Africa: A Case for Rwanda. Followed by a screening of award-winning Rwandan feature film Grey Matter

Thu 27 March 2014, 6 - 9pm

Inigo Rooms

London, UK

Past event

Literary voices in Rwanda are still emerging. The country has a rich poetic heritage but much of the work published internationally since 1994 has focused on narrative testimony.

This event considers the growth of literary writing in Rwanda, drawing on case studies from East Africa. Billy Kahora, Managing Editor of the Kwani Literary Network in Kenya, joins us to discuss his experiences running creative writing courses in Kigali. An award-winning writer himself, Kahora will reflect on the challenges involved in finding a writer’s voice and Kwani’s work in the region. He is in conversation with Kate Haines, Director of Material Books.

Grey Matter
An extraordinarily beautiful and disturbing film exploring the legacies of genocide, Grey Matter (Matière Grise) chronicles the vision and trials of a filmmaker trying to produce his first feature, The Cycle of the Cockroach. The dreamlike narrative offers an acutely visually searing depiction of trauma and loss, while the shift between different worlds – that of the filmmaker and that of his subjects – refuses any one interpretation. The Tribeca Film Festival jury called it ‘audacious and experimental’ and gave the film awards for Best Actor and Special Jury Mention. The New York Times commented simply: ‘Acutely probing… From despair, art’. With an introductory greeting recorded by director Kivu Ruhorahoza for this screening.

Part of the exhibition

Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now

21 March - 30 April 2014

Inigo Rooms, London

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The Cultural Institute at King’s

The Cultural Institute at King’s connects the College with practitioners, producers, policy makers and participants across arts and culture, creating space where conventions are challenged and original perspectives emerge.

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Inigo Rooms
Somerset House East Wing
Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS