Writivism Literary Festival turns four despite early doubts

Zukiswa Wanner is a South African journalist and novelist currently living in Nairobi. Photo/FILE

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  • The work in the first anthology was below average. There was very little money and so we were put up in a motel which was so bad its hygiene standards were questionable.
  • Bwesigye paid for most of the expenses from his junior lecturer wages. And we all know how little that is, on a continent that hates teachers.
  • His determination against all these odds sparked something in me.

Four years ago while accompanying my partner to judge a film festival in Kampala, I received a message on Facebook from a law lecturer at Makerere University. He had seen that I was in Kampala, could he meet up with me at the National Theatre to run something by me?  As I had times where I needed to be out of the spouse’s hair so he could deliberate on the films with his fellow judges, we met. 

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