Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

One of Jackie Kay’s selected writers for the International Literature Showcase

‘Witty as well as deeply affecting, Makumbi is as comfortable in the grand sweep of the epic novel as she is in the powerful shot of the short story.’ – Jackie Kay

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Ugandan writer keen on folklore, feminisms, masculinities, renergising readerships for African fiction.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is a Ugandan fiction writer. Her first novel, Kintu, won the Kwani Manuscript Project in 2013. Her short story, ‘Let’s Tell This Story Properly’ won the regional (Africa) and Global Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014. Her collection of short stories, Manchester Happened (for the UK/Commonwealth) and Let’s Tell This Story Properly (for US Publication) came out in Spring 2019. She is a Cheuse International Writing Fellow (2019). She has a PhD from Lancaster University and lecturers at Manchester Metropolitan University. Jennifer is a recipient of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize 2018.

Read an interview with Jennifer in Electric Lit Magazine.

‘With a novel that is inventive in scope, masterful in execution, she does for Ugandan literature what Chinua Achebe did for Nigerian writing.’ – Lesley Nneka Arimah on Kintu, in the Guardian

‘[A] magisterial first novel, Kintu.’ – Namwali Serpell, The New York Review of Books

‘Writing with the assurance and wry omniscience of an easygoing deity.’ – Julian Lucas, New York Times

‘This is a collection to savour in bits and bite-sized portions; there are too many pungencies to swallow in one gulp.’ – Nicholas Delbanco, New York Journal of Books

‘This is huge: to be given this opportunity, and, chosen by Jackie Kay is double affirmation.’ – Jennifer

Main image (c) Mark Rusher


Manchester Happened (2019)

Kintu (2014)

Let’s Tell The Story Properly (2014)

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