Merely a year after being named a CACE Africa Writivist, Kat Kai Kol-Kes will be making her debut at the 2016 Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda from 22-26 August 2016. The Gaborone-based trailblazing ARTivist is billed as one of the African speakers at the international literary festival acknowledged as the largest such festival in Africa. Kol-Kes is set to speak about her work which branches across the full artistic spectrum from music to theatre and, of course, literature.
The 2016 theme for the festival is “Connecting Literature to Reality” and will feature book launches, workshops and a literary award ceremony while bringing many writers from different stages and walks of life for the common goal of encouraging the growth of African literature. She will do well since she is a Global Shaper and a YALI Fellow,among many things.
Kol-Kes graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BA Honors in Dramatic Arts, and has grown to be one of the leading voices on LGBT issues in Botswana and across the African continent. The collection of poetry offers observations of love, family, politics and faith from a queer African point of view. She is a regular contributor to local and international publications including Afrolutionist.com, and Peolwane Magazine and her creative writing can be found on her website and blog: thisiknead.blogspot.com