Virtually Yours #26 with Troy Onyango

A series of online discussions - Virtual Gatherings - with the award-winning author Zukiswa Wanner exploring contemporary African Literature with authors.

About the Author:

Troy Onyango
@ Troy Onyango
Troy Onyango is a Kisumu-born writer and editor based in London. His work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Doek!, Wasafiri, Isele Magazine, Johannesburg Review of Books, AFREADA, Nairobi Noir and Transition among others. Winner of the inaugural Nyanza Literary Festival Prize and first runner-up in the Black Letter Media Competition, he has also been shortlisted for the Caine Prize, the Short Story Day Africa Prize, the Britten Paper Awards and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His debut collection of short stories, "FOR WHAT ARE BUTTERFLIES WITHOUT THEIR WINGS", was published in 2022. He is the founder of Lolwe, an online magazin from Kenia.

More about the Author see:
Troy Onyango Webpage

Cover For what are Butterflies without their wings
@ Masobe Books
About the book:

In the opening story "The Transfiguration" a trans woman tries to find herself and a sense of belonging in the unkind streets of Nairobi. A sister relives two decades of sibling rivalry when the brother disappears in a lake in the titular story "For What Are Butterflies Without Their Wings". Two friends grow apart as they grow older and realise their paths diverge in Goodbye, So Long.
In these beautiful stories that straddle the breadth of Kenya, Troy's characters navigate the daily lived experiences that shape them, as they learn to cobble together an existence alongside a society with rules that do not quite fit.

If you missed the live session, you can watch the recording on YouTube.

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