Beverley Nambozo: ‘unstoppable literary madness’

Beverley Nambozo: ‘unstoppable literary madness’

Beverley Nambozo initiated a Poetry Foundation in Uganda and brought with her to Storymoja HayFestival Nairobi the winner and runner-up of this year’s competition, who read their winning entries at a poetry gala also attended by Lemn Sissay from UK, El Poet (Kenya via Somalia) and Welsh-language poet Eurig Salisbury. She was inspired to say:

‘After standing in the same room and sharing photos with the writers who I had previously immortalised like Giles Foden and Dinaw Mengestu, I can confidently say that my dreams have now become the co-authors of my life. The weekend was brimming with unstoppable literary madness, from one session to the other, only a soul drunk on books would have coped. My mind kept churning with how to take this all back to Uganda, my pen kept drafting poems and stories and my heart kept loving it all. It’s been a while since I met a mass of international writers in the same space with the same goal. I could do it all over again. Thanks for all individuals and organisations for making it possible.’