Writing lecturer named a winner

JOY: Jennifer Makumbi
JOY: Jennifer Makumbi
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A UNIVERSITY lecturer has been named a regional winner in the Commonwealth 2014 Short Story Prize.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, from Uganda, has a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, where she teaches in the Department of English and Creative Writing.

She is one of five regional winners for her story “Let’s Tell This Story Properly” which follows Nnameya, a grieving widow who arrives at Entebbe Airport from Manchester with her husband Kayita’s coffin.

Jennifer said: “I was overjoyed when I learnt that I had won the African leg of the Commonwealth prize and would represent Africa for the overall prize, especially this coming so soon after the Kwani Prize win and when I am about to launch my novel, Kintu.

“Lancaster University is pivotal in the development of my career not only because of the funding I received when I wrote Kintu but also the continued offer of associate teaching which has further honed my writing skills.”

The overall winner will be announced in Uganda on June 13.