Lauri Kubuitsile
Lauri Kubuitsile

Lauri Kubuitsile

Lauri Kubuitsile is a full time writer living in Botswana. She has written numerous books over many genres for children, teens, and adults which are published both in Southern Africa and abroad. Her short stories have been published around the world in anthologies and magazines. She also writes regularly for South Africa’s FunDza Literacy Trust which makes stories available to young adults on their cellphones.

Lauri has won or been shortlisted for numerous writing prizes. In 2007, she won the Botswana Ministry of Youth and Cultures’ Botswerere prize for Creative Writing. In 2008, she won The Bessie Head Literature Prize for Short Story. She won the Pan-African Golden Baobab Prize for children’s literature, twice in, 2009 and 2010, and was shortlisted for the 2011 Caine Prize for her story In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata. Her humorous teen book, Signed, Hopelessly in Love (Tafelberg) was chosen by O Magazine as one of the best books from 2011; the sequel is now available from Diamond Educational Publishers titled Signed, The Secret Keeper. Signed, Hopelessly in Love was also shortlisted for South Africa’s MER Prize in September 2012.

Her books are read in schools in Botswana, both at primary and secondary level, and are now also read in South African schools with her humorous book, The Second Worst Thing (Oxford University Press) having been recently CAPS approved for grade 7.

Lauri blogs at Thoughts from Botswana.

Interview with Lauri

Why do you enjoy writing?
I like creating new characters and getting caught up in their lives and their world.

What is hard about writing?
The hardest part about writing, by far, is the rejection, and there is a lot of it, even after you’ve been published a bit like me.

When did you start writing stories?
I started writing seriously about nine years ago.

What inspires you to write?
So many things. I might hear a news story and get an idea. I might overhear a conversation. I recently finished a short story inspired by something someone wrote on Facebook. Almost anything can give me an idea for a story.

One piece of advice for young writers…
You need to stick with it. I know many writers who are better than me who’ve had little success because they gave up. You need to stick with it and keep learning and improving. That’s the key.

10 Responses

  1. Wow….! I lyk ths story so so much

    10 Nov 2016 at 19:58
  2. Fundza can you also publish Signed, Hopelessly in love .I would love to read it, even if we can pay for it, it’s cool:)pretty please ask Lauri:)

    8 Jun 2016 at 23:12
  3. Hey Lauri you are the best writter of all times woo ow yu are good

    19 May 2016 at 20:14
  4. Hi

    1 Jul 2015 at 06:36
  5. Wow lauri i enjoy all ur story….

    23 Mar 2015 at 07:34
  6. Wow this is nice long story

    6 Dec 2014 at 18:18
  7. This is good

    9 Oct 2014 at 08:46
  8. So enjoyed you last night at “‘writer””…really thought provoking comments re young readers. Thank you so much.

    roseanne dix
    22 Mar 2014 at 06:48
  9. Lauri Kubuitsile

    3 Jan 2014 at 21:30
  10. HO HE HE

    22 Aug 2013 at 20:18

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