Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: City Square Plaza Stage in downtown Regina, at the Regina Farmersí Market (In the event of rain, venue will be RPL Film Theatre)
Ven Begamudré, born in South India, came to Canada when he was six. He has an honours degree in public administration and an MFA in creative writing. He has held numerous residencies, and was the 1996 Canada-Scotland exchange writer-in-residence. His work has appeared in Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, and Scotland. He lives in Regina, Saskatchewan. Extended Families: A Memoir of India is his ninth book.
Randy Lundy is a member of the Barren Lands (Cree) First Nation. Born in northern Manitoba, he has lived most of his life in Saskatchewan. He has published two previous books, Under the Night Sun and Gift of the Hawk. A third book Blackbird Song was published by U of R Press this month. His work has been widely anthologized. He loves dogs, children, and old folks and fully recognises that sounds like a country song.
Ponz(iano) Aluma was born in Uganda (Africa), came to Canada in 1987 to study at U of R under a scholarship as a refugee student in 1987.Mr. Aluma is Certified Professional Accountant and works for the Government of Canada. In his first book, We’re Here! Now What? Mr. Aluma narrates early experiences of newcomers to Canada as they try to start a new in a new and different culture and place.
Iryn Tushabe, born near Kibale Forest in Southwestern Uganda, currently lives in Regina, Saskatchewan. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Briarpatch Magazine and was longlisted for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. Her short fiction is anthologized in book seven of the Carter V Cooper short fiction series. A graduate of the Humber School for Writers, she’s currently completing her debut novel, which is set in contemporary rural and urban Uganda.
"KARIBU” is a project initiated by the Uganda Canadian Association of Saskatchewan (UCAS) in 2013. It evolved from 2011 and 2012 UCAS Culture Days “Drum, Dance and Dialogue” activities as a strategy used in various African cultures to strengthen and build community spirit. Karibu Project is an intercultural live popular theatre performance aimed at increasing collaboration and shared understanding between immigrants and non-immigrants, young and older, mainstream and marginalised members of the community – through drum, dance, and dialogue. Their performances are motivated by Nelson Mandela’s quote “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”