WRITING EAST AND CENTRAL AFRICA: ACROSS GENRES IN PROSE
Readings with authors Billy Kahora, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Alex Ntung
12.30 – 2 pm, 9th September 2014
Jubilee Café, Ground Floor Jubilee Building, University of Sussex
Free of charge and open to all
Acclaimed authors Billy Kahora, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Alex Ntung will read from their latest work, traversing short stories, novels and autobiography, and crossing Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Billy Kahora is the Managing Editor of Kwani Trust. He has written a non-fiction novella The True Story Of David Munyakei and his writing has appeared in Chimurenga, McSweeney’s, Granta Online and Vanity Fair. He wrote the screenplay for Soul Boy and co-wrote Nairobi Half Life. He was highly commended by the 2007 Caine Prize judges for his story Treadmill Love, his stories Urban Zoning and The Gorilla’s Apprentice were shortlisted for the prize in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is a Ugandan novelist and short story writer. Her debut novel Kintu was published in 2014 by Kwani Trust and was winner of the 2013 Kwani? Manuscript Project. Her short story, ‘Let’s Tell This Story Properly’, won both the Regional (Africa) and Overall Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014 She currently teaches Creative Writing at Lancaster University where she completed her PhD.
Alex Ntung is the author of Not My Worst Day: A personal journey through violence in the Great Lakes Region of Africa which tells the story of his life from his childhood in rural Southern Kivu (Democratic Republic of Congo) to conflicts in the DRC and the Rwandan genocide, during which he tragically lost 11 family members. Alongside his writing, Alex is an analyst for the Great Lakes region and is involved in peace and political mediation work for civil society organisations. He is based in Hastings, East Sussex.
These readings form the opening event of the African Studies Association UK conference 2014. They are open to all (whether attending the conference or member of the University of Sussex or not) and are free of charge to attend.
OPEN MIC FOR WRITERS
Africa in Words is committed to bringing new authors to light as well as celebrating established voices, so as part of the event we will be hosting an open mic session. This is open to all authors of African or diaspora heritage, or who write about Africa, to read a brief extract (3-5 minutes maximum) from their work. All genres are welcome, and authors may be published or unpublished.
To read at the open mic, prior registration is essential – please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, the title and a brief summary of the piece you wish to read.
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