“But Dantala . . .Dantala is not a name. To say someone was born on a Tuesday, is that a name?” When you come across a book called “Born on a Tuesday” your first thought is that what is so special about Tuesday? Or to be more precise, what is special about being born … More WHAT IS IN A BOOK TITLE? : Reading Born on a Tuesday
Let’s begin like this. It is 14:00hrs Kampala time and we are still outside Entebbe airport. Our Writivism guest, writer JJ. Bola, landed ten minutes back and should be worried already. But the fleet of cars ahead of us squeezes out the little hope in us. We are not about to enter. Lewis is on … More Africans Do Read: The JJ Bola Effect
On occasion I am asked to explain why I support Newcastle United Football Club. The short answer, the one I usually give, is that I inherited it from my father. The longer answer is sometime in the early 1960s my father, sent by his father to study medicine in Newcastle, dropped out of school to … More The Responsibility of Being Other by Nii Ayikwei Parkes
1. What inspired your award winning story, Lost Futures Or: A Guide to Losing Love? I think I had been wanting to write about love – and my experiences of and around it – for a long time, but wasn’t quite sure how to do it. The marriage of my romantic partner, and the end of … More Y. D Tetteh reminisces about winning 2016 Koffi Addo Prize for Nonfiction
It’s been five years since 2013 when we first run the Short Story Prize. The 2013 judges were Ernest Bazanye, Zukiswa Wanner and Ayodele Morroco-Clake. Prolific Ugandan writer Ernest Bazanye made these comments on the submissions. We found that they are still relevant to all of us as writers. “The problem with the arts is … More 2013 Judges’ Comments on Short Story Submissions
By Joel Benjamin Ntwatwa It must be said that the contemporary age of Ugandan literature is an era of women voices and triumph. Whether in fiction, drama or poetry, Uganda’s most recognisable voices in literature are female. Examples include, Goretti Kyomuhendo, Adong Lucy, Jackee Batanda, Aujo Lillian, Deborah Asiimwe, Beverley Nambozo, Arac de Nyeko, Glaydah … More Who Are The Male Heroes of Ugandan Literature?
When you choose writing as your art (or more accurately, when Writing chooses you as its medium) it comes with the flexibility to create in any context. Characters are birthed on coffee shop tables, worlds grow core outwards in quiet suburban rooms. It is also, in its first drafts, the cheapest kind of art to … More When Writing Chooses You. Saaleha Idrees Bamjee on the Second Writivism Residency at Stellenbosch