In less than a week, I'll be boarding a flight and making my way to Entebbe, and then Kampala for the 2016 Writivism Festival. Celebrating its fourth year, Restoring Connections is the theme - connections between African writing in English and French, and I am sure other connections will be explored along the way. This will be my first time in Uganda.
Last year had panels on Anglophone and Francophone Literature with my girl-crush Ndinda Kioko, Aaron Bady and Edwidge Gro; as well as on non-fiction with Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Ikhide Ikelola and Michela Wrong to name a couple. This year, there will be readings, workshops, book launches, key note speeches and more. At the Festival will be publishers, journalists, academics, authors, visual artists, bloggers, activists and more - from over 10 countries. I'll be there as a blog partner, as an observer, as a moderator, but more than that, I'll be there as an African book lover.
I'll be honest, I don't know what to expect; but I do know I am excited to be in Kampala, to be at Writivism - to see what the city and festival has to offer. I will, of course, be sharing as much as I can while I am there - taking tons of photos, chatting to as many people as I can, tweeting where I can; and will share as much as I can here on the blog when I get back.
So here's to literature, to African literature, to literary festivals and to Writivism. Uganda, here I come!!!!