A brief look back at Writivism Festival 2013 #TBT

Festivall organiser, Bwesiyge Bwa Mwesigire and Okwiri Oduor
Festival organiser Nasi, Bwesiyge Bwa Mwesigire and Okwiri Oduor

Its look like this year’s Writivism Festival will be the best yet. That list of guests you will meet at this festival is looking quite healthy. Anyone who follows Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire on social media will follow his happy announcements of the latest Prince Clause Fund artist whose travel has been funded to Kampala.

For those who travel to Uganda the good people organising the festival have been kind enough to give a list of hotels that you can leave your bag and shower because hakuna kulala (no sleep) like they sang in that song by Juma Nature. As you know, when you are dealing with these events and such guests sleep is not very high on anyone’s priorities as folks festival all day and party all night.

As we look forward to this years event perhaps it is good to look at the festival that started it all; the 2013 edition of the Writivism Festival. Its kind of our contribution to Throwback Thursday aka #TBT here at JamesMurua.com

That festival which happened principally at the Makerere university was facilitated by Zukiswa Wanner, Beatrice Lamwaka, Constance Obonyo and Okwiri Oduor. The people who attended as mentees were Otim Joel, Ronald Emeru, Arthur Wonny, Nabasa Linda, Ekakoro Etoori, Eva Nandutu, Nassanga Rashidah, Kathryn Kazibwe, Paul Kisakye, Emmeline Bisiikwa, Emmanuel Ssebagala, Angella Namwase, Manzi Solomon, Ssempande Robert, Muhwezi Simpson, Nora Kirabo, Gloria Kembabazi, Nadweny Faith and Apenyo Mildred. There were other people who took part like Clifton Gachagua.

The idea of the festival was that the mentees would have a festival experience starting with a workshop from the first four followed by readings and book events. It was a couple of days at the cafeteria with mentees getting the experience from the more experienced brothers and sisters before the evenings where there were panels and readings. These were followed by drinking of unhealthily high amounts of booze.

From that event the festival has gone on to be recognised around the continent. The biggest name to come out of that event was the organiser at the time Okwiri Oduor who went on to win first the Short Story Day then the Caine Prize.

So here are some images I took on my trusty phone at the Makerere university

One of the panel sessions
One of the panel sessions
This panel was well attended.
This panel was well attended.
The guest house
The guest house
Mentees go through their paces.
Mentees go through their paces.
Clifton Gachagua
Clifton Gachagua

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