Most prolific author, Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye, is dead.
Macgoye died at her home in Ngara on Monday.
PEN Kenya Centre president Khainga O’Okwemba said he is shocked by the death of old generation women writers.
“It is very saddening to lose her after Margaret Ogolla, Grace Ogot and Asenath Odanga,” O’Okwemba said.
Macgoye had distinguished herself as a writer of poetry, novels and children’s stories.
She has been ranked alongside David Maillu, Charles Mangua, Mwangi Gicheru, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Muthoni Likimani among others.
Macgoye is the author of Coming to Birth, which won the Sinclair Prize for fiction in 1986.
She wrote Homing In, which was second in the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature in 1985.