Abi Daré, author of The Girl with the Louding Voice, a courageous take on modern slavery, talks to Ugandan novelist Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. / Labhraíonn Abi Daré, údar The Girl with the Louding Voice, is léamh misniúil ar sclábhaíocht na linne seo, leis an úrscéalaí Ugandach Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi.

Date/Dáta: Saturday 21 November 2020
Time/Am: 3.00pm to 3.40pm IST/GMT

Abi is the author of New York Times, UK and Amazon bestseller The Girl with the Louding Voice. One of the most hotly anticipated books of this year, it has been shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize, won The Bath Novel Award in 2018 and was selected as a finalist in The Literary Consultancy Pen Factor competition in 2018. It tells the story of Adunni, a young Nigerian girl sold as the third wife to an old man before being secretly sold as a domestic servant in the wealthy enclaves of Lagos. Repeatedly told that she is ‘nothing’, she is determined not to be silenced. Storytelling becomes an empowering act as she struggles to access education to achieve her dream of becoming a teacher.

The Irish Times said “Poetic and beautiful, harrowing and humorous, this is a delicate yet fierce debut novel that urges us to find joy even in the most hopeless of situations.”

Published this October Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s latest novel The First Woman is a powerful feminist rendition of Ugandan origin tales, The First Woman tells the story of Kirabo. Smart, headstrong and flawed, Kirabo is raised by doting grandparents in idyllic Nattetta in rural Uganda. But as she enters her teens, she starts to feel overshadowed by the absence of the mother she has never known. At once epic and deeply personal, it tells the story of one young girl’s search for her mother, her discovery of what it means to be a woman throughout history and the implications for her future.

“Makumbi’s prose is irresistible and poignant, with remarkable wit, heart and charm — poetic and nuanced, brilliant and sly, openhearted and cunning, balancing discordant truths in wise ruminations.” NYTimes

Abi Daré grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. She studied law at the University of Wolverhampton and has an M.Sc. in International Project Management from Glasgow Caledonian University followed by an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University of London. She lives in Essex.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, a Ugandan novelist and short story writer. She was awarded the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction 2018. She lectures in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Photograph. Danny Moran

Abi Daré talks to Ugandan novelist Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi.
ONLINE – Date: Saturday 21 November 2020 Time: 3.00pm to 3.40pm IST/GMT