Literary Crossroads
Edition One

  • Literary Crossroads © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Writers get together

Literary Crossroads brings together writers and authors from across the African continent to deliberate current topics, trends and issues. As such, the first edition for 2019 will be held 12-15 June 2019 and will consist of 3 main sessions: a Panel Discussion, a Poetry Session and a Poetry Workshop. Visit our Events Calendar or subscribe to our weekly newsletter for more information.

Leading this first edition for 2019 will be a Namibian Poet, Prince Kamaazengi Marenga II, and his counterpart from Kenya, Tony Mochama.

More about the poets:

Prince Kamaazengi Marenga II

Goethe web Prince K ©Photo Contributed A Pan-Afrikan Poet, filmmaker and a full-time artist/writer, who is self-taught and motivated to work through his pen. Marenga co-authored a book of poems PERI NAWA URIRI (Chief Keharanjo II’s Poetry Factory). He is a regular participant at the bi-monthly poetry project by Township Productions and supported by the Goethe-Institut Namibia. Having attended many arts festivals around the world, Marenga featured at the gathering of Teachers and Scholars in USA, Washington DC, where his poem The Global Village-This Place Stink was read and received a standing ovation. Marenga is currently working on his poetry collection P.O.E.M.S.


Goethe web Tony Mochama © PhotoContributed A journalist, poet, film script writer, novelist and popular columnist with The Standard Media Group in Kenya; poetry moderator of the monthly AMKA Creative Writing workshop hosted by the Goethe-Institut in Nairobi; and Secretary General of PEN International (Kenyan chapter). PEN Kenya has been responsible for establishing poetry clubs at secondary schools and the hosting of poetry workshops at universities across Kenya.

Having won awards including the Leap Frog Press Prize in 2012, the continental Miles Morland Writing Scholarship Award in 2014, the Sanaa Spoken Word Artist Prize in 2015, as well as being a three-time Burt Award for YA literature prize winner from 2013 to 2017, Mochama is one of the most awarded creatives in East Africa.

He is also an Emily Harvey Foundation literary recipient for 2019 and will be their writer-in-residence in Venice, Italy during August and September. Tony has published ten books, of which three focus on poetry: What If I'm a Literary Gangsta? (Kwani, 2007), In the City on Water (Ca Foscari University Press, 2013) and a poetry textbook Modern Poetry for Secondary Schools.


12 June - Panel Discussion: Poetry in the times of political and social change.

Panellists look at the role that poetry can play in reflecting and commenting on the statuesque in their respective countries and globally. 

13 June - Poetry Session: When poetry matters – Evolving the Mind

Poets present their creations during Session 3 of the bi-monthly poetry project and look at the role of poetry in changing the mind-sets of individuals.

15 June Poetry Workshop with Tony Mochama

A workshop exploring the presence poetry on social media and how writers can contribute towards the development of Instapoetry for the younger generations to embrace the genre.
  Visit our Events Calendar or subscribe to our weekly newsletter for more information.