Dear Jens,

It’s so nice to hear from you. I loved watching The Bremen Town Musicians of The Brothers Grimm. Thanks so much for sending that.

I look forward to learning about the literature scene in Bremen especially the Bremen Literature Week as we do not have anything like that. We do have a book week later in the year usually organised by Uganda Women Writers’ Association (Femrite) and it would be nice to see how different it is from the Bremen Literature Week.

Femrite

Femrite is an organisation you are going to hear me talk about quite a bit. The most consistent activity that happens in Kampala is the Monday Readers/Writers Club that is organised by Femrite and happens at their offices. Every Monday. Rain or sun shine. Readers and writers gather together to critique pieces of writing that are submitted anonymously. Once every month they also host an author that people get to interact with and learn from. I often attend these and will send some more photos and videos from the Club this month.

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The other event I am excited to share with you is the Lantern Meet of Poet’s recital. The Lantern Meet of Poets is a community of poets that has been around for seven years and they have put up some of the most thought-provoking recitals in Kampala. I have seen them on stage but I have been curious about how they put the recitals together and I will attend their rehearsals and will tell you all about it. I did a collaboration with them for my blog, please read about it here: #SoooManyLanterns: A Lantern Meet of Poets and Sooo Many Stories collaboration

I will attend some book launches and I am sure to run into some writers and poets that I will be glad to tell you about!

I am also very excited to tell you about a Creative Writing Workshop that I will be facilitating with another Ugandan writer. I have never been on the teaching side of a creative writing class. I have shared what I know on a one-on-one basis as an editor but never to an entire class. So I am  excited but I have moments when I occasionally freak out about it. I know you have taught creative writing at the University of Bremen, any tips for me as I prepare?

Talk soon!