Upcoming Uganda International Writers Conference 2013

Jack Mapanje coming to UgandaPublic invitation to participate in the Uganda International Writers Conference 2013

Mark your calendars: African Writers Trust is organising an International writers’ conference in Kampala, Uganda, from 7th to 9th March 2013. The theme of the conference is Dialogue Across the Diaspora, Across the Continent. The conference will offer two activities:

1. Training sessions for writers on Digital Writing and how to use social media to promote their writing

2. Panel discussions: rich and stimulating provocations on various literary subjects.

Participants will include writers, academics, literary and cultural practitioners, critics, journalists, translators and supporters of the arts.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Jack Mapanje, award-winning Malawian poet, editor and human rights activist. Jack Mapanje is a visiting professor at York St John University, North Yorkshire, UK, currently on sabbatical leave (but working with) the Department of English, University of Botswana. His most recent publication is a memoir, And Crocodiles are Hungry at Night.

Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Ghanaian performance poet, novelist, editor and broadcaster currently living in London will lead the training sessions on Digital Writing and social media. We will also have participating international writers from Malawi, Liberia and DR Congo.

Other topics for discussion will include: “What comprises African Literature,” “Afropolitanism: What Defines the New Generation of African Diasporan Writers” and “Supporting the Arts: the case for Corporate Financing and Integration.”

Watch this space. More details and full program will be posted on this site.

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