Our Lives, Our Stories

April 11, 2012 , In: Africa, Articles, Refugee Camp, Stories, Writing , With: No Comments

Storytelling Workshop in Gulu

I’m excited that my article, “Our Lives, Our Stories: Storytelling workshops in Uganda’s refugee camps”, has just come out in Issue 2 of Short Fiction in Theory & Practice, edited by Ailsa Cox, Alison Mcleod and Alan Wall.  The article is based on my experience of leading oral narrative workshops for displaced Acholi women in post-war Northern Uganda.

Whilst I was there, I was involved in a fantastic project, ‘Our Lives, Our Stories’, which took place in two refugee camps in Gulu and Lira, in which I worked with participants in a storytelling competition. The women involved (very bravely) faced the challenge of transforming difficult personal experiences into fiction. In the article, I talk about the project as well as the role of storytelling as a form of advocacy and the ways in which creative non-fiction can make the stories of marginalized women heard.



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I'm a writer living in Manchester with a pet Victorian Photographer, a small person and a ghost called Ron. My first novel was shortlisted for the Scottish First Book of the Year Award and my second is due out with William Morrow in July 2016.


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