Reckoning with the PastFri 6 Sep, 2.30pm
SLV, Village Roadshow Theatrette
Future D Fidel’s Prize Fighter is based on his childhood experience of escaping war in DRC, while Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Kintu examines Ugandan history via the story of a cursed family. They discuss the importance of the past in our emotional truth with Sista Zai Zanda.
Future D Fidel was born in eastern DRC. In 1996 during the civil war, he was forced to flee as an orphan stowaway to Tanzania. He started working at La Boite Theatre Company as a playwright-in-residence from 2013 to 2015. Future's award-winning debut play Prize Fighter has been featured in many festivals around Australia.
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s novel, Kintu, won the Kwani-Manuscript Project in 2013. Her short story, ‘Let’s Tell This Story Properly’, won the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her collection of short stories, Manchester Happened, comes out in May 2019. A recipient of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize 2018. She lectures at Manchester Metropolitan university.
Sista Zai Zanda is a storyteller, educator, and curator. As founder and host of the Pan Afrikan Poets Cafe, a matinée of beats and performance, Sista Zai has spoiled audiences in Sydney and Melbourne with over 100 performances by First Nations and Afro-descended creatives. She is a recipient of a Sidney Neilma Literary Travel Grant.