Based in Botswana, Lauri Kubuitsile is an award-winning writer, who has published several books, including three children’s books, three romance novels, two detective novellas and three short story collections. Her short story, ‘In the spirit of McPhineas Lata’ was shortlisted for the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing. In 2007, she received the Orange Botswerere Award for Creative Writing, presented by the Botswana Ministry of Youth and Culture. She also won the BTA/Anglo Platinum Short Story contest the same year. She is also a two-time winner of the Golden Baobab Prize, given annually to the best children’s stories from Africa. In this interview with Africa Book Club, she talks about her writing life.
Doreen Baingana is the Ugandan author of Tropical Fish: Stories out of Entebbe, which won the 2006 Commonwealth Prize for First Book, Africa Region, and the AWP Award for Short Fiction. She has twice been a finalist for the Caine Prize for African Writing. A Bread Loaf Writers Conference Fellow and a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre, Baingana has also won a Washington Independent Writers Fiction Prize, and an Emerging Writer’s Fellowship from the Writer’s Center. She talked to Africa Book Club recently.
Lillian Tindyebwa pens a story about an adolescent girl, Hellen Ntale, who is led astray by the choices she makes in the course of her life. She gets expelled from St. Joseph’s Girls School, then ultimately abandons school altogether three months before her high school final exams.