“Half a Refugee in Ssanda and Australia: 100 Poems” is a celebration of successful refugee re-settlement. It is honest/ balanced about some of the struggles new migrants have faced, particularly those who come from non-European cultures.
QUEANBEYAN, Australia (PRWEB) May 15, 2017
In the middle of the ‘70s, author A.S. Godfrey Lubulwa left Ssanda, a small village in Uganda where he was born. He ran away from the brutality of dictator Idi Amin and sought asylum as a refugee in Australia.
In “Half a Refugee in Ssanda and Australia: 100 Poems” (published by Balboa Press AU), Lubulwa highlights life of a Ugandan refugee in Australia. The book is about memories of the old culture (Poems 1-20), confrontation with the new culture in Australia (Poems 21-32), marriage and starting a family (Poems 33-57), parenthood in a multi-cultural setting (Poems 58-80) and growing into old age (Poems 81-100).
According to the author, “Half a Refugee in Ssanda and Australia: 100 Poems” is a celebration of successful refugee re-settlement. It is honest/ balanced about some of the struggles new migrants have faced, particularly those who come from non-European cultures.
“Half a Refugee in Ssanda and Australia: 100 Poems” is not a whinge; not a political statement. It says that the journey from a small African village to a place like Australia can be done. It is a delicate journey for those involved but it has potential to enrich both the host community and the refugee.
Through the poetry book, Lubulwa expresses and illustrates to readers a life between two cultures.
“Half a Refugee in Ssanda and Australia: 100 Poems”
By A.S. Godfrey Lubulwa
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 202 pages | ISBN 9781504307116
E-Book | 202 pages | ISBN 9781504307123
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
A.S. Godfrey Lubulwa was born in Ssanda village, Busiro County in Buganda, Uganda. He did his higher education at Makerere University, Kampala, Southampton University, U.K. and La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, where he obtained a doctorate in mathematical economics. He started off his career as an academic, teaching economics at Makerere University, Kampala. In the mid ‘70s, Lubulwa unwillingly left Uganda and sought asylum in Australia where he has lived since 1977, starting off as an academic at La Trobe University, Bundoora, Melbourne and in 1988 moving to Canberra where he worked for many years, in various government economic research bureaus, as a senior research economist and research manager. He has two children and now lives in Queanbeyan, where he spends most of his time writing poetry.
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