Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi received her Windham-Campbell Prize 2018 cheque at Yale University, USA on September 12, 2018.
The Windham-Campbell Prize, established in 2013 with a gift from the late Donald Windham in memory of his partner of 40 years, Sandy M. Campbell, is one of the richest and most prestigious literary prizes today. English language writers from anywhere in the world are nominated confidentially and judged anonymously. The Windham-Campbell Prizes are administered by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.
In March, it was announced that Ugandan writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi alongside seven other writers was the fifth African recipient of the award after Aminatta Forna, Helon Habila, Telu Cole and Ivan Vladislavić.
Last week it was time for the recipients to receive their cheque as part of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize Festival 2018 at Yale University. The festival from September 12- 14 celebrated the craft of writing with all the prize recipients engaging in events around the iconic university. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s event was titled “Close Looking” and she spoke to Kate Ezra about a chance encounter with William Etty’s 1837 painting The Sirens and Ulysses at a museum in her hometown of Manchester, England that inspired her current novel-in-progress.
The biggest event had to be the prize giving ceremony where poet Elizabeth Alexander delivered the annual Windham-Campbell Lecture “Why I Write.” Alongside this keynote was the cheque handover by Yale President Peter Salovey. Here are a few images from the events in New Haven, Connecticut from the days of the festival with a focus on the prize giving ceremony. All images courtesy of the Windham-Campbell Prize were taken by Beowulf Sheehan.