Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Panashe Chigumadzi for University of Iowa Writing Residency
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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Panashe Chigumadzi for University of Iowa Writing Residency

The University of Iowa has announced the next group of participants in the 2017 edition of its legendary writing residency. The University of Iowa International Writing Program, which was born in 1967, allows writers from all over the world with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work. The […]

Mulumba Ivan Matthias launches ‘The Honking’ and ‘Rumblings of a Tree’
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Mulumba Ivan Matthias launches ‘The Honking’ and ‘Rumblings of a Tree’

Ugandan writer Mulumba Ivan Matthias launched his two books The Honking and Rumblings of a Tree in Kampala, Uganda on August 10, 2017. Mulumba Ivan Matthias initially born in Masaka District in the Central Region of Uganda and now based in Kampala has the day job of valuation surveyor. In 2012, he produced Poetry In […]

“The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!” announces longlist
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“The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!” announces longlist

The team organising The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!, a short story competition open to all Africans, has announced its longlist today. The Short Story is Dead, Long Live The Short Story! is a competition set up by South African based Black Letter Media which involves a short story call out […]

Kariuki wa Nyamu wins Babishai Haiku Prize 2017 in Kampala
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Kariuki wa Nyamu wins Babishai Haiku Prize 2017 in Kampala

Kenyan writer Kariuki wa Nyamu is the winner of the Babishai Haiku Prize 2017. The announcement was made at a ceremony in Kampala, Uganda on August 6, 2017. The second edition of Babishai Haiku 2017 prize kicked off earlier in the year with a call out for submissions. African poets who had not published a […]

Literature Gabfest 2017 for Kampala in September
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Literature Gabfest 2017 for Kampala in September

Literature Gabfest, a new literary festival, will be hosted at the Studios on Seventh, Kampala from September 9-10, 2017. There’s a new literary festival in Uganda called the Literature Gabfest organized by Book Enthusiasts in Kampala. As you know, a gabfest is a conference or other gathering with prolonged talking; in this case the talking […]

Controversy ensues as Writivism celebrates fifth year in Gulu, Uganda
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Controversy ensues as Writivism celebrates fifth year in Gulu, Uganda

Writivism which is celebrating five years hosted a reading in Gulu, Uganda after a workshop featuring young writers from Northern Uganda. The events in Gulu didn’t go down well with one of Okot P’Bitek’s daughter’s. Writivism has built its name as one of the most important literary initiatives in the East African region in the […]

Miles Morland Foundation hosts African Writers in Uganda
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Miles Morland Foundation hosts African Writers in Uganda

The Miles Morland Foundation hosted some of the hottest writers on the continent for a Creative writer’s workshop in Uganda on July 8-15, 2017. The workshop was hosted by Giles Foden and Michela Wrong. The Miles Morland Foundation has been known for its support of many artistic initiatives on the continent backing literary festivals and […]

Babishai Haiku 2017 shortlist announced
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Babishai Haiku 2017 shortlist announced

The judges of the Babishai Haiku 2017 competition have announced the shortlist for this year’s competition. The Babishai Niwe Foundation started their Haiku competition in 2016 with Blessmond Alebna Ayinbire (Ghana), Chibuihe-Light Obi (Nigeria), and Kwaku Feni Adow (Ghana) sharing the grand prize. The second edition of the competition dubbed the Babishai Haiku 2017 competition […]

The IBBY Africa Region Conference set for Kampala in August 2017
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The IBBY Africa Region Conference set for Kampala in August 2017

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Africa Region Conference will happen in Kampala, Uganda from 22nd -24th August 2017. The conference theme is “Rethinking Contemporary Literature for Children and Young Adults in Africa.” The IBBY Africa Region Conference is the largest gathering of writers and publishers with a focus on writing and […]

Femrite Literary Week for Kampala in July #Femlitweek
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Femrite Literary Week for Kampala in July #Femlitweek

Femrite Literary Week, a series of events with a literary focus, will be hosted in Kampala, Uganda from July 24-28, 2017. The Uganda Women Writers’ Association universally known as Femrite is an organisation that promotes Ugandan creative women writers through training and publishing. Formed in May 1996 by Mary Karoro Okurut and many others, some […]