Doreen Baingana is not a new name on this blog. The Ugandan writer emerged in 2005 with her collection of short stories Tropical Fish: Stories out of Entebbe (my review) which established her as the golden girl of Ugandan literature.
For that book she won an AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Prize for Short Fiction (US) and the Commonwealth Prize for First Book, Africa Region. Two stories in it were finalists for the Caine Prize for African Writing.
Apart from this, our Baingana has also published two children’s books as well as fiction and essays in journals in the US, UK, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda. She was also one of the inaugural Miles Morland scholars when the Scholarship debuted in 2014.
Her story Tropical Fish will be the featured story at this months #LongStoryShort recording in Soshanguve, Gauteng on Saturday, 29th August. #LongStoryShort for those new to it is where African literature goes digital; stories by well known African writers are read by well known thespians in recordings that are available to all online. Some of the writers whose stories have already been read include Chibundu Onuzo, Thando Mgqolozana, Nozizwe Cynthia Jele and Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike. They have been curated by Yewande Omotoso.
The month’s story will be read by Johannesburg based performing artist, director and writer working predominantly in theatre and film Lindiwe Matshikiza. The reading (and recording) will be followed by a Q&A between Masello Motana who will moderate, the August storyteller and a writer who this month will be Futhi Ntshingila. Ntshingila is the author of Shameless, her debut novel published in 2008 by UKZN Press which was followed by Do Not Go Gentle, published in 2014 by Modjaji Books.
So there you have it. First a reading by Lindiwe Matshikiza followed by an interactive Q&A. So next Saturday here’s your Gauteng plan; head to Afro-zwanaka Book Cafe 1111 Block AA, 0152 Soshanguve, Gauteng at 11am and enjoy. Yep. Its free.