This is a belated post on the Uganda workshop in 2013. As the next workshop approaches in Zimbabwe it seems fitting to reflect on the last workshop and include some pictures of the memorable experiences we had in Entebbe and Kampala.
|Left to right: Pam Nichols, Rotimi Babatunde, Michael Phoya, Davina Kawuma, Abubakar Ibrahim,|
Melissa Myambo, Veronique Tadjo, Elnathan John, Harriet Anena, Billy Kahora.
We are immensely grateful to Beatrice Lamwaka and Hilda Twongyeirwe from FEMRITE for helping us to find Garuga.
And thanks to Goretti Kyomuhendo, Director of the African Writers Trust, for all her useful advice when preparing for the first Caine Prize workshop in Uganda.
We were joined by the 2012 Caine Prize winner, Rotimi Babatunde, as well as three of the writers who were shortlisted in 2012 (Melissa Myambo, Billy Kahora and Stanley Kenani) and four were Ugandan writers (Lilian Aujo, Hellen Nyana, Harriet Anena and Davina Kawuma); the other four hailed from Nigeria (Elnathan John and Abubakar Ibrahim), Malawi (Michael Phoya), and Botswana (Wazha Lopang).
|Lilian Aujo, Pam Nichols, Harriet Anena|
|Pam Nichols, Rotimi Babatunde, Billy Kahora, Veronique Tadjo|
The only breaks included a visit to St Mary's High School in Kisubi where writers spoke to 150 students about the workshop and read from their work in progress.
|Stanley Kenani reads to St Mary's High School|
|Hellen Nyana, Stanley Kenani|
|St Mary's High School|
Later that evening we launched the African Violet anthology at the Barn Steakhouse in Kampala with our co-publishers FEMRITE and the help of the British High Commissioner Alison Blackburne and the British Council country director Peter Brown.
|Alison Blackburne, British High Commissioner|
|Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva, Poet|
|Lizzy Attree, Caine Prize Director|
|The Barn Steakhouse, Kampala|
|The writers (Left to Right):|
Michael Phoya, Lillian Aujo, Rotimi Babatunde, Abubakar Ibrahim, Hellen Nyana,
Elnathan John, Melissa Myambo, Stanley Kenani and Harriet Anena.
The workshop in Zimbabwe will produce another 13 short stories, which collected with the 5 stories shortlisted this year (to be announced in May), will form the next 2014 Caine Prize anthology, published by New Internationalist in the UK.