Interview with Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse

Sunday 6 June 2021 at 1.30am

Literature in the Shadow of History
Moderated by Salomé Kiner, writer and journalist at Temps and
In French interpreted into English

This event will be livestreamed. You are more than welcome to ask questions to our invited writers:
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Event translated into English: YouTube Live

In French: YouTube Live


Beata Umbyeyi Mairesse, a novelist and a poet, was born in Butare in Rwanda in 1979. She arrived in France in 1994 having survived the Tutsi genocide, studied political science, and began working for humanitarian causes. Her collections of short stories Ejo and Lézardes (La Cheminante, 2015 and 2017) were awarded the Prix François Augiéras, the Prix de l’Estuaire and the Prix du livre Ailleurs. She also published a collection of poetry in prose. Tous tes enfants dispersés (Autrement, 2019) is her first novel and explores the history of several generations of one family after and before the Rwandan genocide. It won the Prix Ethiophile, the Prix Des racines et des mots, and the Prix des cinq continents de la francophonie.