Book fair offers authors platform

Last week, writers and publishers showcased their work at UMA showground at the Kampala International Book Fair.

The colourful event included: the Global Village Cultural Exhibition, a cultural event in which 60 cultures were showcased by way of dress, dance, song, poetry, among others. The chief guest was the current Miss Uganda, Stella Nantumbwe.

Authors of academic and non-fiction works had an exposition where they discussed how to manage and sustain authorship. School children were provided with books and paper to write under a tent to encourage reading among children.

Another event during the book fair was the second national conference on literacy, which was attended by government officials, teachers, the civil society and parents to address issues to improve literacy proficiency.

The book fair was officially closed by Dr Judith Tukahwera Tumusiime, the deputy executive director of Kampala Capital City Authority, one of the sponsors, along with the Ministry of Education and Sports, the Uganda Reproduction Rights Organisation, Uganda Publishers Association, and the Hedge Uganda Ltd.

About Kampala international book fairThe book fair is an annual event organised by the National Book Trust of Uganda to celebrate books and reading. The event attracts major publishers, authors, bloggers, booksellers, librarians, universities and schools from Uganda, Kenya, Ghana and India. This is the 22nd year since Uganda started celebrating the event.

SOURCE: DAILY MONITOR

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