Babishai Poetry Publications

The Night Does Not Drown Us

Marial Awendit, the winner of the #Babishai2018 Poetry Award is one of the most formidable poets in Africa. His poetry is deeply vulnerable, expressive and borderless. While ripping apart gutted experiences from his home country south Sudan, we also experience an intimate and endearing side to his creativity, warming us to his gift and fervour.

‘The Night Does Not Drown Us,’ is a chapbook collection, launched in March 2022.

‘Dress Me In Disobedience’

Written by Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva, this poetry collection has been described as witty, a resilient creation and a timeless noteworthy poetry collection. Launched in January 2022, this is Beverley’s second poetry collection and holds a series of poetry spanning across continents, through various decades of time and exploring individual conversations that people hold within their heads, often unafraid to speak out loud, even when occasion necessitates it. The collection is available across Amazon and leading bookstores.

Gorillas of Bwindi Avenue

A family adventure story, co-authored by Dr. Harriet Babikako and Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva. The story o fa family narrating to their children, their adventures across Bwindi Impenetrable Park, in Western Uganda, gorilla trekking and observing the 90% similarities between gorillas and humans. It is an exciting time for travel and stories. Launched in March 2022




When Children Dare to Dream, a children’s poetry and short story anthology, written and edited by Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva and Kariuki wa Nyamu including contributions from children poets. Along with a short story, this anthology has been well-received world-wide and continues to be a platform where children can celebrate creative words while learning life values. The illustrations by John Joshua Gibu, reflect the various literary landscapes of a child’s and adult’s mind. This anthology was officially launched in August 2017, during the third Babishai poetry festival.

Boda Boda Anthem: A Kampala Poetry Anthology, is the second of our publications. Launched during our first festival in 2015 and edited by Mildred Barya, it has been described as an assortment of Kampala’s finest. The contributors came from all over the world and  their words have changed the perception of Kampala, from hilly, to magnificent to unpredictable.

A few reviews are here:



A Thousand Voices Rising, anthology of African contemporary poetry is an exquisite tapestry of words. Published in 2014, after collecting and compiling poems from African poets all over the world, Beverley Nambozo edited the set of poems and this is the final delightful product.

Brief about the anthology:

The anthology is a product of the BN Poetry Foundation. After 5 years, we saw it fit to publish the winning poets from 2009. Alongside those BNPA winners are other poets from around Africa. Established poets like Prof. Jack MAPANJE, Mildred Barya, Nii Parkes, Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva, experimental poets and those hardly known, those who dabble in poetry once in a while like Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Davina Kawuma and Beatrice Lamwaka. We have the Caine prize winner of 2012, Rotimi Babatunde, winner of the 2012 Sillerman Book Prize, Cllifton Gachagua, the brain behind Kenya’s feminist blog, Michael Onsando and many more. It is a project of passion. Having been delayed for eight months, I can only thank the contributors for believing that poetry gets better as it ages.

In Kampala, copies are available at Aristoc Booklex and Femrite offices. This anthology was supported by Prince Claus Fund. In 2014, we received the grand honour of being voted top 100 of books published from 2010 to 2014 in a survey conducted by This is Africa.

It’s an incredible collection of poetic voices.

A few reviews are here: