Category: Uganda

  • Writivism Prize 2023 shortlists announced

    Writivism Prize 2023 shortlists announced

    The shortlists for the Writivism Prize 2023 in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry were announced on Thursday, February 29, 2024. Writivism, the project of writing as activism, was started by Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire, Naseemah Mohamed, and Kyomuhendo A Ateenyi at the Centre for African Cultural Excellence in Kampala, Uganda in 2012. They conducted several activities such…

  • Afritondo Short Story Prize 2024 longlist announced.

    Afritondo Short Story Prize 2024 longlist announced.

    The longlist for the Afritondo Short Story Prize 2023 was announced on Friday, February 23, 2024. Afritondo, a platform that aims to connect with and tell the stories of African and black minority populations across the globe, is the organisation behind the Afritondo Short Story Prize. Previous winners have been Alex Kadiri, Howard Meh-Buh Maximus,…

  • Literary Magazines: Agbowo, Fiyah, Weganda, Writers Project of Ghana

    Literary Magazines: Agbowo, Fiyah, Weganda, Writers Project of Ghana

    New editions of Agbowo, Fiyah, Weganda, and the Journal of the Writers Project of Ghana are available for your reading pleasure. Agbowo Agbowó is a platform dedicated to the curation of literary and visual art from across Africa since its establishment in 2017. Currently on offer is the “Woman Edition” guest edited by Kechi Nomu…

  • Dilman Dila, Eugen Bacon are Philip K. Dick Award 2024 nominees.

    Dilman Dila, Eugen Bacon are Philip K. Dick Award 2024 nominees.

    Dilman Dila and Eugen Bacon were named nominees of the Philip K. Dick Award 2024 in Philadelphia, USA on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. Philip K Dick was a US science fiction writer who wrote 44 novels and about 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. In 1983, the…

  • Debunk Barbara Achermann Fellowship recipients announced.

    Debunk Barbara Achermann Fellowship recipients announced.

    The recipients of the Debunk Barbara Achermann Fellowship were announced in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday, January 8, 2024. Barbara Achermann is a Swiss journalist and author. She is deputy editor-in-chief of Das MAGAZIN, a magazine that cultivates in-depth reporting and investigative journalism. The Swiss partnered with Kenyan-based Debunk Media for a new fellowship for writers…

  • Femrite’s International Literature Festival celebrates Abdulrazak Gurnah.

    Femrite’s International Literature Festival celebrates Abdulrazak Gurnah.

    The International Literature Festival celebrating Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah will be hosted by Femrite in Kyambogo University, Kampala from November 22 – 24, 2023. Author and academic Abdulrazak Gurnah was declared literature laureate at the Nobel Prize in 2021; he is the first from East Africa to win the coveted award. The Zanzibar-born UK-based writer…

  • Book Digest: Vamba Sherif, Jessemusse Cacinda, Zukiswa Wanner, Serubiri Moses

    Book Digest: Vamba Sherif, Jessemusse Cacinda, Zukiswa Wanner, Serubiri Moses

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Vamba Sherif, Jessemusse Cacinda, Zukiswa Wanner, and Serubiri Moses. Kwashala Blues by Jessemusse Cacinda Publisher:  Ethale BooksDate:  September 5, 2023Genre:  Fiction, novellaLanguage:  PortugueseWhere to find it:  Click here. Jessemusse Cacinda Jessemusse Cacinda is a philosopher, journalist, project manager,…

  • Literary Magazines: Jalada, Johannesburg Review of Books, Ipikai, Weganda

    Literary Magazines: Jalada, Johannesburg Review of Books, Ipikai, Weganda

    New editions of Jalada, Johannesburg Review of Books, Ipikai, and Weganda are available for your reading pleasure. Jalada Jalada Africa is a pan-African writers’ collective, with the aim of publishing literature by African authors regularly founded in 2014. Their latest issue is a translations project lead by Wanjeri Gakuru and artwork is by Marziya Mohammedali.…

  • Goretti Kyomuhendo’s “Whispers from Vera” 20th anniversary in Kampala

    Goretti Kyomuhendo’s “Whispers from Vera” 20th anniversary in Kampala

    The twentieth anniversary of Goretti Kyomuhendo’s novel Whispers from Vera was hosted at the Goethe-Zentrum in Kampala, Uganda on Friday, September 8, 2023. Goretti Kyomuhendo’s first book Whispers from Vera described by readers as timely and timeless was published in 2002. A new version of the book was reissued by the African Writers Trust on…

  • Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi to chair Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2024 jury.

    Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi to chair Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2024 jury.

    Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is the chair of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2024 jury announced today, September 1, 2023. She will be joined by among others Keletso Mopai (Africa) and Richard Georges (Caribbean). The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English in the regions of Africa,…

  • Book Digest: Goretti Kyomuhendo, Kwei Quartey, Zadie Smith, Linda Musita

    Book Digest: Goretti Kyomuhendo, Kwei Quartey, Zadie Smith, Linda Musita

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Goretti Kyomuhendo, Kwei Quartey, Zadie Smith, and Linda Musita. Whispers from Vera by Goretti Kyomuhendo Publisher: African Writers TrustDate: August 11, 2023Genre: FictionLanguage: EnglishWhere to find it: African Books Collective, Amazon. Goretti Kyomuhendo Goretti Kyomuhendo is a Ugandan…

  • Writivism initiative returns for its tenth anniversary.

    Writivism initiative returns for its tenth anniversary.

    The Writivism Initiative celebrates a decade of existence with awards, mentoring, a literary festival, outreach events, and a podcast administered by Tramaine Suubi. Writivism, the project of writing as activism, was started by Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire, Naseemah Mohamed, and Kyomuhendo A Ateenyi of the Centre for African Cultural Excellence in Kampala, Uganda in 2012. They…

  • Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi in Kampala forum.

    Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi in Kampala forum.

    Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi was hosted in the African Writers Trust’s Writers-in-Dialogue series in Kampala, Uganda on Saturday, July 1, 2023.  Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is not a new name to those who follow the African literary community. She is the author of the novel Kintu (2014), the short story collection Manchester Happened (2019), and the novel…

  • Caine Prize for African Writing 2023 shortlist announced.

    Caine Prize for African Writing 2023 shortlist announced.

    The shortlist for the Caine Prize for African Writing 2023 has been announced in London, UK today, July 6, 2023. The Caine Prize for African Writing is awarded annually to an African writer published in English for an outstanding short story since the year 2000. It has recognised some of the most famous writers working…

  • Book Digest: Otoniya J. Okot Bitek, Adil Babikir, Stephen Buoro, Kweku Abimbola

    Book Digest: Otoniya J. Okot Bitek, Adil Babikir, Stephen Buoro, Kweku Abimbola

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Otoniya J. Okot Bitek, Adil Babikir, Stephen Buoro, and Kweku Abimbola. Song and Dread by Otoniya J. Okot Bitek Publisher: Talon BooksDate: March 15, 2023Genre: PoetryLanguage: EnglishWhere to find it: Click here. Otoniya J. Okot Bitek Otoniya J.…