Monday, October 19, 2015


Are you a Ugandan female poet brimming with poetry and verse? Are you ready to take your poetry from the page to the stage? Then join us for the #Babishai2016 Poetry Festival from 24-26 August 2016, under the theme, Abundance: Poetry From Contemporary Africa.

Paula Biraaro receiving her prize in 2012. Photo by Buyondo

We invite you to showcase your work by:-
Ø  Launching your poetry collection
Ø  Performing your poems
Ø  Attending a poetry master class or monologue
Ø  Participating in a poetry dialogue or silent poetry or
Ø  Showcasing children's poetry or poetography
We accept poetry in Lumasaaba, Luo, Luganda, Runyankore and any other Ugandan language.
During the three-day festival, we will also have new and older Ugandan and international poets and artistes performing, holding open mics and children’s poetry sessions. 

If you are a Ugandan female poet, send us the following:-
v  A one-page summary of what you propose to showcase (as MS Word attachment)
v  A 500-word bio (as MS Word attachment)
v  A recent passport photograph (in jpeg or GIFF)
v  Links to your previous work
All works should be sent to
DEADLINE: Monday, 8 February 2016.
Successful poets will be notified on Monday, 4 April 2016
We look forward to CELEBRATING #Babishai2016 with you
For inquiries, contact: 

Harriet Anena: +256781412975 

Prior to the festival, from June 10th to 13th 2016, we will hold a poetry session at The Foothills of The Mountains of The Moon. Find details here: 

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