ISBN 9789970700257
ePub ISBN 9789970700264
Pages 238
Dimensions 203 x 133 mm
Published 2012
Publisher Femrite Publications, Uganda
Formats Paperback, eBook

Summoning the Rains

Third FEMRITE Regional Residency for African Women Writers

edited by Hilda Twongyeirwe, Ellen Banda-Aaku

One of the greatest challenges faced by African women writers is finding the time and the space to write. In November 2011 the third FEMRITE African Women Writers Residency alleviated this challenge for 15 women writers from 11 different countries across the continent. The writers from Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Tunisia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon, and Botswana gathered in Kampala, Uganda for two weeks. This anthology is the product of the writing developed before and during the residency. The short stories included are told from different perspectives, with varied voices, some experienced, others less so, but all told with freshness and honesty.

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"... This is deft, witty stylish anthology by an exciting new generation of women from all over Africa, writing about rapid change and the unchanging:..."

Maggie Gee, Author of "The White Family"

"...This collection proves that the continent's literary legacy is in good hands."

Lauri Kubuitsile, Author

"This is a rich tapestry of stories that transport you into worlds that are at once fantastic and real..."

Julius Ocwinyo, Author

"Summoning the Rains and the FEMRITE Residency which produced it are valuable contributions to the fight to win for African women the freedom, space and peace to develop their voices more fully, to practice and hone their craft, gaining the confidence to take their writing further and deeper."

About the Editors

Hilda Twongyeirwe

Hilda grew up in Kacerere village, in Kabale district. She has co-edited two publications aimed at making heard voices of marginalized women; Farming Ashes (2008) and Beyond the Dance (2009). She has also contributed short stories and poems in different anthologies including; A Woman’s Voice (1998), Words From a Granary (2001), Tears of Hope (2003), Pumpkin Seeds and Other Stories (2009), Talking Tales (2009), Painted Voices (2008 & 2009) and Butterfly Dance (2010). She has published children’s books in Runyankore- Rukiga courtesy of Longhorn publishers. In 2008 she was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the National Book Trust of Uganda for outstanding contribution to children’s literature for her book Fina the Dancer (2007). Fina the Dancer is used as a Reader in Primary Schools in Rwanda. Hilda holds a Diploma in Education, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences and an MA in Public Administration and Management from Makerere University. She is currently the Coordinator of FEMRITE – Uganda Women Writers Association. Read an interview with Hilda here.

Ellen Banda-Aaku

Ellen Banda-Aaku has published seven books for children and one novel. Her first book Wandi’s Little Voice won the MacMillan Writers Prize for Africa in 2004. Patchwork, published in 2011 won the Penguin Prize for African Writing. Suzi’s Box was the overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Competition in 2007.

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