I am pleased to announce to you the release of my teaser poetry collection: Pumpkin Soup: And Other Poems. It is a collection of 18 poems that tease on topics such as love, politics, culture and loss.
It is a product of very many experiences and influences, the first – but hopefully – not the last. The teaser collection introduces the reader a little into the mind of Joel Benjamin Ntwatwa – the author/poet and while it hopes to give you some poetic satisfaction, it certainly aims to whet your appetite for the works that he is working on for later release.
The book is currently only digitally available on Amazon but will be available on other platforms very soon. You can purchase it here.
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About the Author
Joel Benjamin Ntwatwa loves art and its aesthetics. He is keen on poetry, prose and drama. He has been a silent observer of the Ugandan literary scene since 2000. Part of his favourite Ugandan works are Okot P’Bitek’s Song of Lawino which was a book that his mother gave him to read.
After writing private short story works in 1997 while in he started his public writing journey in 2000 while at Makerere College School submitting and winning three National Book Trust of Uganda Awards (NABOTU) at national level in 1999, 2000 and 2001 for works in poetry.
He attended the British Council Lancaster University Crossing Borders program in 2001 and 2004.
In 2015 he participated in an online writing cultural exchange called Kampala Writes Bremen. In the same year he took part in the Writivism Festival held in Uganda. He has also been part of the Babishai Poetry Festival in 2014 and 2015.
A blogger, writer and social media observer, Joel believes in the use of information to create a culture that is socially conscious and aware of its potential. He has written for the journal Perspective Africa (March 2016), Turn The Page Africa, History in Progress Uganda, Uganda Press Photography Award, Writivism, Kampala International Theatre Festival, Sooo Many Stories, Vodafone’s JUMP Program, newspapers New Vision and Monitor, and on his own blog nevender.com .
He has written scripts for television, is part of the Lantern Meet of Poets and Uganda Blogging Community.
He was longlisted for Writivism’s Fiction Prize in 2017.