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.
The shortlist for the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing is out. Five authors – Tim Keegan and David Medalie from South Africa, Lauri Kubuitsile from Botswana, Beatrice Lamwaka from Uganda, and NoViolet Bulawayo from Zimbabwe – will compete to win the prize, widely known as the ‘African Booker’.