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FEMRITE

Femrite is an association of Ugandan women writers founded in 1996.

Contact

Uganda Women Writers Association
Plot 147, Kiira Road
P.O. Box 705 Kampala - UGANDA
Tel +256-041-54-39-43/ +256-77-74-39-43
Email

Director
Goretti Kyomuhendo

Editorial Board
Winnie Munyarugerero
Mary Karooro Okurut
Hilda Twongyeirwe Rutagonya
Ayeta Anne Wangusa

 

Mission Statement

FEMRITE came into being at a time when the Uganda literary scene had almost no visible creative literature written by women. Its goals are to be a channel through which women's literature can be generated, to work for the promotion of women's writings, and to use literature generated from communities as a basis for functional literacy programmes.

Activities

  • Training women writers to improve their writing skills.

  • Publishing New Era—a quarterly English language magazine.

  • Promoting a reading and writing culture in Uganda through an annual week of activities.

  • Networking nationally and internationally.

  • Publishing literature by its members.

  • Developing a women's resource centre to provide space and opportunity for members to write and read.

History and Achievements

Since its inception in 1996, FEMRITE has published nine books of poetry and short stories by its members. It also publishes New Era, a quarterly publication whose sections include Children's World, Culture, Gender Wars, Growing Up, Parenting, and Relationships. In partnership with the Alliance Française, Femrite has also published the first Directory of Ugandan Writers, which includes biographical data, pictures, and short extracts from Uganda's creative writers, living and dead, including those born or living elsewhere.

Femrite's programs include: a Women's Resource Centre and a Readers and Writers Club. The Resource Centre accepts book and magazine donations and is a safe place where women writers can work. At the Readers/Writers Club, new and established writers meet every Monday night to read and discuss their work, giving and receiving comments, criticisms, and encouragement. Both these programs are so much in demand that FEMRITE is already faced with the challenge of finding a more ample space to accommodate all who are interested.

Publications from the Femrite Catalogue

African Voices
For ordering information on the following publications, contact Femrite.

SHORT STORIES
A Woman's Voice, edited by Mary Karooro Okurut
This first short story anthology by Uganda Women Writers contains twelve stories that illuminate the courage and endurance of Ugandan women in the face of hardship and social injustice.

Words From A Granary, published in 2001, is the long-awaited sequel to A Woman's Voice. Presenting work by new members of Femrite as well as writers who are better known, this collection of fifteen short stories offers readers a glimpse into the lives of ordinary Ugandans living through often extraordinary circumstances.

POETRY
The African Saga, by Susan N. Kiguli
This first volume, containing eighty-one poems, was the winner of both the Editors Choice Award of the USA National Library of Poetry and the National Book Trust of Uganda Best Poetry Award 1999.

No Hearts at Home, by Christine Oryema-Lalobo
Lalobo points out the cancerous effects of war in this long poem, which is her major literary work. In a harsh, pure, provocative voice, she exposes the anguish and torture of children in wartime and puts an entire country on trial.

NOVELS
Secrets no More, by Goretti Kyomuhendo
Vividly and imaginatively written, this novel of the genocide in Rwanda evokes emotions of outrage, repulsion, pity, and admiration. Kyomuhendo is an Honorary Fellow of Creative Writing at the University of Iowa, in the USA, and is presently the FEMRITE Coordinator.

A Season of Mirth, by Regina Amollo
Written in simple language, embellished with folk proverbs, A Season of Mirth evokes a sense of the rural tranquillity and bliss of the Ugandan past. Amollo is a pediatric nurse who writes fiction in her spare time.

The Invisible Weevil, by Mary Karooro Okurut.
The Invisible Weevil is a fictionalized record of Uganda's tragic national experience with HIV/AIDS. The author was voted Uganda's top woman writer in 1998 by The New Vision national newspaper. She is also a celebrated columnist, a former literature lecturer at Makerere University, and the founder of FEMRITE.

Memoirs of a Mother, by Ayeta Anne Wangusa
This first-person narrative is an engrossing tale of a Ugandan woman forced to trade the romantic idealism of her youth for a mundane marriage based on outmoded rules and obligations. The need to balance social respectability with the dictates of her heart leads to painful self-discoveries which finally force her to assert her individuality against oppressive social norms.

Cassandra, by Violet Barungi
A moving, intricately woven story of a girl learning to balance gender roles in a positive attempt to transform society. The author is a celebrated writer whose play, "Over My Dead Body," won a British Council International New Playwriting Award for Africa and the Middle East Region in 1997. Her novel The Shadow and the Substance appeared in 1998 and a children's book, Tit for Tat, was self-published in 1997. Barungi is currently working on a new novel Belated Harvest.

Silent Patience, by Jane Kaberuka
Kaberuka's third novel, Silent Patience, is an account of domestic life, raising questions about some of Uganda's traditional societal values through characters who are larger than life. Kaberuka is also a newspaper columnist. Has God Forgotten Me (1990) and It's Natural, Darling (1991) are her other published books.