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Web-Talk: African Writers in Migration — Clementine E. Burnley and Tim B. Agaba about Queerness, Space and Human Rights

When: Tuesday, July 21, 8–9 PM CEST

Who: Clementine E. Burnley (Germany/UK), writer and public speaker
Tim B. Agaba (Uganda), writer and human rights lawyer

This Web-event will take place in English.

Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation and InterKontinental cordially invite you to a Web-Talk about Queerness, Space and Human Rights with Clementine Burnley and Tim B. Agaba.


In a sense a writer is always on the move, between contexts, between perspectives and historical moments. Sometimes the writers movement takes them through different geographies and sometimes the writer stays in the same place, while the characters the writer creates travel in the writers’ place. During the online event Clementine E. Burnley and Tim B. Agaba will consider their own writing lives.

Clementine and Tim will talk about what makes the queer story which virtual and real spaces exist for LGBT*I*Q writing which publications welcome and celebrate writers of queer identity, which texts expand from the biological, physical and anthropological portrayals, to give a picture of intimate relationships which people recognise.

The two writers will share their own texts, and explore the influence on their work, of African authors such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of ‘Americanah,’ among others, and of Jennifer Nsubuga Makumbi, author of ‘Kintu,’  Makumbi is well known for her recent, reaffirming portrayal of  homosexuality in the African past. Adichie and Makumbi are both successful writers who have had a direct influence the way other African authors think about the art and craft of writing and on what subjects emerging authors give themselves permission to write. Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Trust Workshop is one of the most influential literary incubators in the African literature scene. Once a year Purple Hibiscus brings together writers from as far away as Cameroon, Clementine’s birthplace and Uganda, where Tim was born and where he still lives.

Since writing does not take place in a social vacuum, Clementine and Tim will also consider what limits or supports the queer writers in their work. Writers do not always have access to culture and to freely express their sexuality in the way they live and work. In what ways might United Nations Human Rights Conventions help?

Clementine E. Burnley is active as a writer, public speaker and coach. She trains, mentors, and supports activist leaders in groups and organisations, across several social justice  movements.  She’s been shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award, First Pages Prize, Amsterdam Open Book Prize, and the Bristol Short Story Prize and selected by Chimamanda Adichie for the Purple Hibiscus Trust Workshop in Lagos, Nigeria in 2018. Her most recent work appears in the National Flash Fiction Anthology, Ink, Sweat and Tears, and Barren Magazine

 You can find out more on

Tim B. Agaba is a queer feminist writer and human rights lawyer who has worked within the Ugandan human rights sector since 2013. He has been involved in the protection of human rights defenders, mainly through research, training, community dialogues and development of position papers and Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials.

He was part of a team that drafted the National Strategy on the management of vulnerable prisoners. Most recently, he has conducted research on the role of gender-based violence in women’s incarceration alongside Professor Priscilla Ocen, under her Fulbright scholarship.

 Tim is a 2018 alum of the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop organised by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in Lagos. He has attended workshops with Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Professor Okey Ndibe. You can find Tim on Instagram here

Clementine E. Burnley

An event by Hirschfeld-Eddy-Stiftung in cooperation with InterKontinental.



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