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The Dingle Literary Festival welcomed Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi in 2020. Jennifer is a Ugandan novelist and short story writer, has a PhD from Lancaster University. Her first novel, Kintu, won the Kwani Manuscript Project in 2013 and was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize in 2014. Kintu was published in: 2014 by Kwani, 2017 by Transit (USA) and in 2018 by Oneworld (UK/Commonwealth).

She was awarded the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her story Lets Tell This Story Properly and her first full story collection, Manchester Happened, will be published by Oneworld in May 2019. The collection will be known as Let’s Tell this Story Properly in the US and will be published by Transit (USA) in July 2019.
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi was awarded the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction 2018 to support her writing. She lives in Manchester with her husband and son, and lectures in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi at the Dingle Literary Festival 2020

Publishing in October 2020 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.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi talked to Abi Daré ONLINE – Date: Saturday 21 November 2020 Time: 3.00pm GMT


The Dingle Literary Festival was established in 2019 to create an annual book festival to bring readers and authors together in West Kerry. It’s a literary festival that celebrates living writers as well as honouring the literary heritage of the area. Festival events happen in both Irish and English and range across all genres and age groups. We present both author events and writers’ workshops.

Our vision is of a festival where literature, language and landscape converge to create moments to share stories, to connect minds and allow magic to blossom. It’s a place that sparks discussion, fosters innovation and collaboration in the arts and creates a multigenerational community of readers and writers.

The Dingle Literary Festival is a book festival that elevates and celebrates the richness of Irish language and literature in contemporary life. We encourage a vibrant, relevant literary community to support both established and emerging writers.

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