"I write because I enjoy writing, creating my own world. I also find writing (novels, plays and poems) a good medium for my observations on the patriarchal society that continues to marginalise and oppress women on the basis of their gender"  
About Violet

Violet Barungi was born in Mbarara district, Western Uganda. She was educated at Bweranyangi Girls’ School, Gayaza High School and Makerere University, Kampala, where she graduated with an honours degree in History. She is married and has six children.

Work Experience:

  • 1972-1977 Book Production Officer, East African Literature Bureau
  • 1978-1994 Senior Book Production Officer, Uganda Literature Bureau
  • 1997-To-date - Editor, FEMRITE (Uganda Women Writers Association
Her publications include The Shadow and the Substance (novel) published by Lake Publishers, Kenya, 1998, Cassandra (novel) published by FEMRITE Publications Limited, Uganda, 1999, short stories for children, which include Tit for Tat and other stories (1997), The Promise (2002), Our Cousins From Abroad (2003) and The Boy Who Became King (2004). Her play, Over My Dead Body (unpublished) won the British Council International New Playwriting Award for Africa and the Middle East region, 1997. Her other plays include The Award-winner, a stage play written to commemorate women’s creative works in the new millennium (unpublished) and The Bleeding Heart, a radio play (unpublished).

Violet Barungi’s works deal mainly with human relationships, gender issues and education of the girl child. Over My Dead Body was inspired by her deep concern for girls who are lured into early marriages to rich men before they finish their education. When things go wrong, and their marriages fail, they find themselves without anything to fall back on.