Vera Omwocha is the young Kenyan writer winner of the Tito Livio award, a literary contest organized by IIC Nairobi, Sugarpulp and Chronicae Festival.

Vera Omwocha is the young Kenyan writer winner of the Tito Livio award, a literary contest organized by Italian Cultural Institute of Nairobi, Sugarpulp and Chronicae Festival.

The award

On occasion of literary workshop “History and Stories” hold last November 2017 in Nairobi, it was organized the Tito Livio Award by IIC Nairobi and Sugarpulp in partnership with Chronicae Festival.

“Tito Livio Award”, 2.000 years after the death of the roman historian Titus Livius born in Padua, is a award for the best short story of historical topic.

The prize is a journey to Italy and the participation to Chronicae 2018, International Festival of the Historical Fiction (Piove di Sacco, Italy).

We are pleased to inform that the winner of the contest is the young Kenian writer Vera Omwocha.

The official announcement

Here below the official announcement of Mauro Massoni, Italian ambassador in Kenya:

Dear all,

As you know the Tito Livio Award follows a five-day Creative Writing Seminar “History & Stories” for young writers aged between 18 and 30 organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with the literary magazine Sugarpulp and the Chronicae Literary Festival.

Twenty-six writers participated in the seminar which was held at the Sarova Stanley Hotel in November 2017. Fourteen of these entered the competition and submitted their short stories.

Following the selection by the jury comprising Prof. Carlo A. Martigli, Prof. Giacomo Brunoro, Prof. Matteo Strukul, Prof. Paola Ranzato and Dr. Matteo Ogliari, it is my pleasure to congratulate Ms. Vera Omwocha on having been nominated as the winner. The Tito Livio Award offers a return air-ticket to Italy, board and lodging for four days and the participation in the 4th edition of the prestigious Chronicae Literary Festival in Piove di Sacco (Padua), Italy, in 2018. An honour indeed for a young writer.

I wish to sincerely thank the organisers, jury, participants and all who contributed to this important Literary event, and I take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to you all.

Mauro Massoni

Ambassador of Italy

Istituto Italiano di Cultura / Italian Cultural Institute

(Cultural Dept. of the Embassy of Italy)


Chronicae 2018,  International Festival of the Historical Fiction 

Vera Omwocha will therefore be one of the guests of the fourth edition of Chronicae – International Festival of Historical Novel, which will be held in Piove di Sacco (Padua) from 12 as of April 15, 2018.

We want to thank all our young Kenyan writers who attended the contest, the Italian Embassy in Nairobi and the IIC Nairobi, and in particular Francesca Chiesa, former director of IIC in Nairobi who made it possible.

We are waiting for you in Piove di Sacco for the 4th edition of Chronicae, International Festival of the Historical Fiction, from 12 to 15 April 2018.