Contemporary Writing from Uganda

Contemporary Writing from Uganda: Celebrating Writivism at 5
Thursday 12 April, 18:00 – 20:00
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square,WC1H 0XG

Back in 2012, the Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) based in Kampala, Uganda, launched Writivism – an initiative that identifies, mentors and promotes emerging Africa-based writers, and hosts an annual literary festival in Kampala. In the years since, Writivism has gone from strength to strength and in 2017 celebrated its fifth anniversary. To mark this achievement, the initiative produced a short documentary film, exploring the ways in which social media has disrupted the traditional ways of publishing and circulating African Literature. Writivism is also publishing a fifth anniversary anthology of short fiction by emerging Ugandan writers.

At this event, Writivism hosts the London launch of ‘The Real Writers Documentary’, a presentation and reading from the anniversary anthology and a discussion on social media and contemporary African writing, with a line-up of exciting speakers from within the Writivism network.


Roland Byagaba (remotely) – Writivism Director
Esther Mirembe (remotely) – Writivism Editor and contributor to the Writivism At 5 anthology
Lizzy Attree – Writivism Board Member, Co-founder Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize and former Director of the Caine Prize
Nick Makoha – Poet, Author and Workshop facilitator + mentor for the Writivism at 5 Anthology
Sumayya Lee – Writivism Advisor, Judge and Coordinator Mentoring and Residencies, and Author
Nancy Adimora – Founding Editor of AFREADA

Moderator: Marcelle Akita –  Co-founder Afrikult, Project Co-ordinator at Royal African Society

This event is free and open to all but space is limited. Please reserve your ticket on Eventbrite.


Presented by Writivism in partnership with Africa Writes and the Royal African Society.