Thursday, 6 June 2019 at 7:00 pm – Thursday, 6 June 2019 at 8:30 pm

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi - Manchester Happened

Date: Thursday 6th June 2019

Time: 7pm - 8.30pm

Location: Blackwells Bookshop, University Green, Manchester

Tickets: Tickets for this event are £3.00 / free for students and includes money off the book on the night. They are available on Eventbrite

Join us for an evening with Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi where she'll be talking about her new short story collection 'Manchester Happened'.

About the book

If there's one thing the characters in Jennifer Makumbi's stories know, it's how to field an uncomfortable question.

'Let me buy you a cup of tea...what are you doing in England?'

'Do these children of yours speak any Luganda?'

'Did you know that man Idi Amin?'

But perhaps the most difficult question of all is the one they ask themselves: 'You mean this is England?'

MANCHESTER HAPPENED is a powerful collection of short stories about the experience of immigration from the internationally acclaimed author of Kintu. Full of empathy and humour, these vibrant stories move between Manchester and Kampala, reimagining the journey of Ugandans who choose to make England their home.

The collection includes ‘Let's Tell This Story Properly’ winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and ‘She is our Stupid’ which was broadcast recently on BBC Radio 4.

About the author

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is a Ugandan novelist and short story writer, has a PhD from Lancaster University. Her first novel, Kintu (Oneworld, 2018), won the Kwani? Manuscript Project in 2013 and was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize in 2014. She was awarded the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her story Manchester Happened, and her first full story collection, Manchester Happened, will be published by Oneworld in 2019. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi was awarded the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction 2018 to support her writing. 

Manchester Writing School

The writers and researchers at Manchester Met, based in the Manchester Writing School, are always exploring two distinct paths within their work; how creative writing might serve as a mode of enquiry into the world and how such research might be disseminated outside of the academy in order for it to have the greatest impact. Our event series allows us to interrogate the very best contemporary writing and continue to explore new ways in which it might reach wider audiences.

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