Words From a Granary
Words From a Granary is the long-awaited
sequel to A Woman's Voice. As we brainstormed on the title
to give our second anthology of short stories, we came up with the
word, "granary." In traditional Africa, no homestead is
ever without a granary, and no granary is ever empty. A granary
is a symbol of hope where there would be despair; it is a symbol
of promise in what would be a hopeless situation. Likewise, Ugandan
women writers refuse to be discouraged by the appalling lack of
a reading culture in the country. They keep wielding their pens,
churning out more and more reading material in the hope that one
day, our people will realize that reading is the backbone of intellectual
empowerment and an integral part of development.
In our call for short stories to be published in an anthology, emphasis
was put on originality, creativity and readability. No thematic
restrictions were set, leaving the choice of topics to the authors.
The results were not disappointing: more than thirty short stories
were received, out of which fifteen were selected.
The anthology is the outcome of a three-year program of training
workshops geared towards equipping creative women writers with writing
skills. It was made possible through the financial support of our
founders, HIVOS, who sponsored the training workshops as well as
the publication of the book.
Many thanks go to the writers, too, for their commitment to the
promotion of the reading culture in the country by contributing
to the scanty reading material.
Lastly, I want to acknowledge the great effort put in by members
of the FEMRlTE Editorial Board to bring the stories to the required
standard. These are:
Mary Karooro Okurut
Hilda Twongyeirwe Rutagonya
Ayeta Anne Wangusa