A Fledgling Abiba

An orphaned teenage girl tries to survive on her own and understand her magical powers while a sorcerous plague sweeps the country. She may hold the key to its cure, but what she really wants is somewhere she can call home and family.

This story by noted Ugandan author and film-maker Dilman Dila takes us on a journey from mundane village life, becoming more and more fantastic as it goes, drawing us into his world of magic and spirits.

“In clear prose, Dila involves us in a tale of magic driven by fierce emotion, inheritance and tradition. He tells the story of a brave, abused and magical childhood with a film maker’s structural skills and the voice of a writer.”

— Geoff Ryman

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Dilman Dila

Dilman Dila is a Ugandan writer, film maker and a social activist. He is the author of a collection of short stories, A Killing in the Sun, and of two novellas, Cranes Crest at Sunset, and The Terminal Move. He was shortlisted for the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for “A Killing in the Sun”, longlisted for the Short Story Day Africa prize, 2013, and nominated for the 2008 Million Writers Awards for the short story “Homecoming”. In 2015, he was longlisted for the Inaugural Jalada Prize for Literature for his story “Onen and his Daughter”.

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