Wednesday, December 10, 2008

'Words from a granary'

I got stuck in the library today during the whole lunch break thanks to the sudden tropical rains! Since i wasnt in the mood of getting wet i decided to head to the nearest sheltered area from the cafeteria and thats how i ended up there...

anyways ended up finding this hidden corner of book i've never noticed before full of novels, short stories, poems and plays all written by African writers, most being east African which was rare despite living in East Africa, because most African books are by west Africans (at least the ones i've come across), so it was really interesting!

I ended up borrowing an anthology of short stories by Ugandan female writers called "Words from a granary", and what i found most interesting is the diverse style and content of the stories. At first i thought yeah, they all going to be about animals and ancestors in a folk tale sort of fashion, which i'm not saying is bad or that theres anything wrong with it, after all thats what African literature is usually about but the fact that none of them were like that and didnt fit in that stereotypical genre was what i found most appealing and interesting!

Its a good read, i've read quite a few now and these ladies have talent!

;-)

11 comments:

Emi's said...

Hey, Got to yos from mine....Now how do I get my hands on such a book? Must be an interesting read.

eizzy.k said...

It really is!
Hmmm...check at your nearet bookstore?
Lol,
or perhaps contact FEMRITE, they pubished it and most of the writters are part of it...

Ugandan girl said...

ugandan writer book...those are like hard to come by....oh my...give me a few tittles i cld check them out...
Hence that add to my list of why i am proud to be east African

eizzy.k said...

sure, they include Mildred Kiconco Barya, Sandra Amino Okoed, Josephine Wanja, Deborah Etoori, Goretti Kyomuhendo, Monica Arac de Nyeko, Winnie Gashumba Munyarugerero, Jackee Batanda, Ayeta Anne Wangusa, Beverley Nambozo, Hilda Twongyeirwe Rutagonya, Lillian Tindyebwa, Rose Rwakasisi, Beatrice Lamwaka, Waltraud Ndagijimana....amazing home grown talent! enjoy! Let me know if you find them...if not, i could always post or email them, after all they are only a page or a few more...too good not 2 share!!

Freaksho said...

i guess i need to expand my book horizon.
you write really well!

Robyn said...

"Words from a granary" is in my collection.Eizzy,,i hate going to libraries to buy books it's a pain.How r u?

Emi's said...

hmmm, Agree with Robyn how difficult & painful it is to go to the bookstore..
email it.

Afrobabe said...

I have read a couple of good African books...like Zainab Alkali's "The still born" and another called "so long a letter" can't remember who wrote the second one and I have no idea where this authors come from other than they are African....

Laziness was not my most popular writing, I just didn't update for 2 months...

eizzy.k said...

okay, i hear ya! will type out some of my best stories one of these days when i dont have much to do and post it or email it to you guys!

...i actually havent read alot of african literature, but i'm working on it!!

WSFInternational Artist said...

Hi,
Thank you for supporting and reading African Writers - and more specifically FEMRITE writers. We encourage you to visit FEMRITE offices in Kampala, Uganda (Kamwokya) Kira Rd Plot 147, where you will have a look at many other books that are published by FEMRITE!
FEMRITE writers will be happy to see you!
Best regards to you all.

eizzy.k said...

oh cool, i will...
just found out that one of the writters is a relative too, so i'll definetly look more into that...