Set in Uganda in 1972, Kololo Hill (shortlisted for the Bath Novel Award and the First Novel Prize) tells the story of one family’s escape. From the green hilltops of Kampala, to the terraced houses of London, Neema Shah’s debut explores what it means to leave your home behind, what it takes to start again, and the lengths some will go to protect their loved ones.
Neema wrote Kololo Hill around her full time job as head of marketing at Freeview (TV). Her route to publication involved connecting with a lot of creative writing groups and organisations and now, on publication, she'll be paying it back by offering a mentorship to an underrepresented writer. This event will reveal Neema’s documentation of family stories, the danger of the single narrative, and the inspiration for Kololo Hill.