Violet Barungi

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Violet Barungi is a novelist and writer from Uganda, well known in East African literary circles both for her own writing and her prolific career as the Editor for FEMRITE - Uganda Women Writers’ Association,[1][2] and NGO based in Kampala, Uganda.

Career as a solo author[edit]

Barungi regards her novel Cassandra as her finest literary achievement,[3] and it remains the work that has received the most attention from critics.[1][2]

Barungi’s play Over My Dead Body won the British Council New Playwriting Award for Africa and The Middle East in 1997,[4] and has been subsequently anthologized in African Women Playwrights,[5] edited by Professor Kathy Perkins, an authority on African and African Diaspora theatre.[6]

Barungi’s other publications include short stories, poems, modern-day folk tales for children, and incidental journalism.[7] The “themes that run through most of my works,” as Barungi discussed in an interview with LaKeisha L. Caples for African Writer, are “liberation and empowerment of women (social, economic and political), with emphasis on the education of the girl-child.”[2]

Career as FEMRITE Editor[edit]

A founding member of FEMRITE, Barungi has served as Editor since 1997 to 2007 with Goretti Kyomuhendo as FEMRITE Program Coordinator.[8] Barungi has also assisted FEMRITE as a co-editor since her semi-retirement in 2007.[2]

As FEMRITE Editor, Barungi worked with and published several writers who were then relatively unknown but have since received national, regional, and even international recognition. These FEMRITE alumni include the Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa winner Glaydah Namukasa, Ugandan Book Trust and Pan-African Literary Forum Award winner Mildred Barya, Africa Region Commonwealth Short Story Competition winner Jackee Budesta Batanda, and Caine Prize nominee Beatrice Lamwaka among others.[4]

Barungi’s co-editors have included Hilda Twongyeirwe, Susan Kiguli, Helen Moffet, and Ayeta Anne Wangusa.

FEMRITE collections edited by Barungi[edit]

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