Manchester Happened by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Saturday 6 July, 16:15 – 16:45
British Library Knowledge Centre, Main Auditorium
Book launch with the author chaired by Zaahida Mariam Nabagereka.
Launch of dazzling collection on belonging & identity between Manchester and Kampala from the award-winning author of Kintu.
If there’s one thing the characters in Jennifer Makumbi’s stories know, it’s how to field an uncomfortable question.
‘Let me buy you a cup of tea…what are you doing in England?’
‘Do these children of yours speak any Luganda?’
‘Did you know that man Idi Amin?’
But perhaps the most difficult question of all is the one they ask themselves: ‘You mean this is England?’
Told with empathy, humour and compassion, these vibrant, kaleidoscopic stories re-imagine the journey of Ugandans who choose to make England their home. Weaving between Manchester and Kampala, this dazzling collection will captivate anyone who has ever wondered what it means to truly belong.
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Image: Jennifer Makumbi by Mark Rusher