Goretti Kyomuhendo l African Writers Trust


Goretti Kyomuhendo was born and grew up in Hoima, western Uganda. She obtained an MA in creative writing from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Her début novel, The First Daughter, was published in 1996, followed by Secrets No More in 1999, which won the Uganda National Literary Award for Best Novel in the same year.   Her third novel, Waiting, was published by The Feminist Press in New York in 2007.   She has also written short stories, children’s books and a Writers Guide: The Essential Handbook for African Creative Writers (2013). Goretti is a founding member of FEMRITE – Uganda Women Writers’ Association and Publishing House – and worked as its first programmes coordinator for ten years (1997-2007).   In 2009, she founded and is now director of the African Writers Trust, which connects African writers in the Diaspora and writers on the continent for mutual exchange of resources. Goretti was one of the five international judges for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize and is a Fellow of the Iowa International Writing Program. She lives in London and Uganda.