Manchester Happened ~ Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

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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?’

Told with empathy, humour and compassion, these vibrant, kaleidoscopic stories re-imagine the journey of Ugandans who choose to make England their home. Weaving between Manchester and Kampala, this dazzling collection will captivate anyone who has ever wondered what it means to truly belong.  

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, 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. She lives in Manchester with her husband and son, and lectures in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Further reading

Read: Let Me Tell this Story Properly, Granta

Review: Manchester Happened, Johannesburg Review of Books

Prompt:

Write story incorporating all of the following words ~

headphones, black, sharpen, lips, box, raspberry, lunch, love, imposter, peacock, scissors, erase, holy, pain, chair, prize, grey, bomb, lid, rainbow

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