The Theme for the #Writivism2018 Literary Festival is…Legacy!

#Writivism2018, the sixth edition of Uganda’s premier literary festival, Writivism, is set to take place during the third weekend of August from 17th to 19th, 2018 at The National Theatre and The Square Place.

Writivism 2018

The festival edition will be held under the theme of ‘Legac(y)ies’. Speakers and attendees will celebrate the different ways history can be used to inspire new narratives. Key speakers at the festival include luminaries Prof. Taban Lo Liyong, Goretti Kyomuhendo, authors Akwaeke Emezi (Freshwater), Ijangolet Ogwang (An Image in a Mirror), Mugabi Byenkya (Dear Philemona), Dami Ajayi (A Woman’s Body is a Country), Shadreck Chikoti (Azotus the Kingdom) among others.

Prof. Taban Lo Liyong. Img Src: http:/

Through book launches, film screenings, panel discussions, poetry and music performances, outreach to hospitals, markets and schools, visual arts and photography exhibitions, keynote addresses, Writivism Prizes awarding ceremony among other events, the sixth Annual Writivism Festival, will discuss how the past is remembered, negotiated and adapted to inform the present and future.

Akwaeke Emezi (Freshwater). Img Src:

“This is going to be our shortest festival in some time and, to borrow the song title of a currently popular Sauti Sol song, we want to make it ‘short and sweet’. The team, together with our festival partners, have prepared what we believe is the right mix of informative literary sessions and fun times and we look forward to seeing you experience it,” said Roland Byagaba, the Writivism Director and Festival Curator.

One of these talented emerging writers will be awarded the 2018 Writivism Short Story Prize
The contenders for the 2018 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction Prize


Like the past editions, this too invites the audience onto a celebration of art and culture through, though not limited to film, visual art, photography, music, poetry as well as literature.

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