Butterfly Dreams shortlisted for prestigious African literary prize

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Butterfly Dreams and other new short stories from Uganda
Posted on 10 May 2011

A story from an anthology edited by a Keele University academic has been shortlisted for a prestigious literary prize.

Butterfly Dreams by Beatrice Lamwaka – the title story of Butterfly Dreams and other new short stories from Uganda, edited by Dr Emma Dawson – is in the running for the Caine Prize for African Fiction, Africa’s leading literary award.

Emma met Beatrice during her fieldwork for the anthology in East Africa in 2009. As the General Secretary to the Uganda Women’s Writers Association (FEMRITE), Beatrice introduced Emma to writers in Kampala.

The chair of judges, the award-winning Libyan novelist Hisham Matar, said: “Choosing a shortlist out of nearly 130 entries was not an easy task but we have arrived at a list of five stories that excel in quality and ambition. Together they represent a portrait of today’s African short story: its wit and intelligence, its concerns and preoccupations.”

Emma said: “I am delighted to hear that Beatrice’s story has been shortlisted and I am looking forward to welcoming her to the UK in July.”

Selected from 126 entries from 17 African countries, the winner of the £10,000 prize will be announced at a special event at the Bodleian Library in Oxford on July 11.

  • Emma will tonight (May 10) chair an event at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, which will showcase the new writing from her four CCC Press anthologies focusing on Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya. The event is organised by the Royal African Society and sponsored by Keele University.