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Contributor

Juliet Maruru

Country: Kenya, Africa I am a Kenyan woman, writer, teacher, website content manager, freelance forums administrator, determined and above all else an open, honest and creative thinker.

I have always loved to write. I remember keeping a journal when I was as young as 12. I have loved to read even longer than that. My parents tell me the story of a little daughter who walked into the Kitchen and announced that she would no longer be called Serah. Daddy asked with indulgence, "So what is your new name?" Serah piped up to Daddy, "My new name is Juliet." So Daddy looked at my mother, then back at me, "Juliet? Why?" And innocently I said, "I read it in a book." I was three. Now, I am not sure how much of that is true. That was before my parents split up; happier times, so I choose to believe it all.

I suppose my own growing up experiences have created a need for me to contribute positively to the life of a growing child. Thus my career in childcare. Writing however has always been my passion. Now it is my voice. I use it to tell the world about what I see, both the wrong and the right. I know I can use my voice to educate, enlighten and educate. So I try even harder to educate myself and enlighten myself. I read, read, read, and then I write, write and write. I will write about children, about women about Kenya, and about the world, too. If there is something going wrong, I will write about it. If there is something going right, I will write about it. I hope someone will hear me.

The Student Operated Press is my home. I grew up here as a writer and I know I have a long way to go still. TheSOP will always be home. I am proud to be associated with all the writers here who use their voices, too.

An Ode To Speak Swahili, Dammit! - A Poem about Speak Swahili Dammit! - the hilarious, and some times sad, personal story of a Cornish boy growing up in pre-independence Tanganyika, now Tanzania.

Storymoja Hay Festival Kenya 2010 - The 2010 Festival will feature over 60 events that are a must-see for Kenyans including some of your favorite local and international authors, media personalities and performers.

Africa - In a Child's Words (A Review of Speak Swahili Dammit by James Penhaligon) - Speak Swahili Dammit! is an exhilarating book, a marvel. A story worth retelling!

From Storymoja - Writing for Teens - Are you a Kenyan Writer? Would you like your story to feature on the Storymoja Blog?

From Storymoja - Writing Children's Fiction - Books fascinated me. The colourful pictures as much the words. From the Legend of Sleepy Hollow to Puss in Boots.

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