Today, the third conversation (interview) in the Law and Literature series has been published at Africa in Words. It is a conversation with my law school classmate Kagayi, whose poetry collection is coming out soon.
Excerpts from what he told me, those January 2015 days:
My first time flirting with the law was in reading English literature.
Honestly I did not want to study Law; I wanted to pursue Literature or Creative Writing, but it was not available here, …
I honestly got tired of sitting for and answering exams, wearing ties but mostly the artificial pressure (LDC) created.
The Law not only provides the layer of thought, but also enriches the diction.
What we need is a revolution; a model to drive new ideas forward focusing on how to approach things within & without academia …
No matter what we do, or say, what matters most is how we make others feel. Poets lay the palate upon how people feel about things …
AiW Author: Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire
Peter Kagayi, image via Writers of the Pearl
Peter Kagayi is a Ugandan poet and lawyer. Recently announced as Anglophone coordinator at Writivism, he has taught Literature in various secondary schools in Uganda and was President of the Lantern Meet of Poets until recently. He curates the regular Poetry Shrine performance at the National Theatre in Kampala and supports various groups of young poets who have completed their high school education. He was part of several staged poetry performances while involved with the Lantern Meet of Poets, and is one of the founders of the Uganda Literature Teachers Association. His debut collection of poetry is forthcoming. Kagayi studied Law for his undergraduate at Makerere University. This interview takes place on email in January 2015.
Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire for AiW: When did you pick interest in law?
Peter Kagayi: Come to think of it – I never really…
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