life rattle show no. 1174

Presented on Sunday, october 16, 2011


Hosted by laurie kallis


Donna Kakonge reading her stories:
"Church Sunday"
"Elephant Woman"



tonight's Show

Tonight, Life Rattle #1174, features two stories by new Life Rattle writer Donna Kakonge, who will also read at next week's 18th Annual Totally Unknown Writers Festival.

The first story, “Church Sunday,” has us tag along with a young girl who learns of charity, compassion and spirit when she escorts her Granny, who is visiting Toronto from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, up Davenport Avenue to a Baptist church where a one-legged woman stands outside the door and the preacher leads a raucous service where more Black people than the girl has ever seen in one place shimmy and shake in the pews.

Tonight's second story “Elephant Woman,” swirls us up in the dizzying obsession of a university student who, despite her dislike of the colour, cramps her stomach inflating green balloons, cuts her fingers stuffing invitations into green envelopes, blisters her feet hunting for the right shade of green cushions for her bed and runs up her VISA bill on a green bra and panties in a determined effort to win a golden nineteenth birthday prize—Alistar Abego—her current man of choice.

Donna Kakonge was born in 1972 in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada. Her dad, from Uganda, has a PhD in biology and currently delivers newspapers for the Toronto Star and owns residential properties. Her mom, from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, studied psychology and sociology. Kakonge is the first born. Her brother Kevin works as an immigration officer and her sister Lisa works as a speech pathologist. Kakonge, the aunt of two nieces, grew up and attended university in Toronto. She studied journalism at the undergraduate and graduate level, and currently studies curriculum, teaching and learning development at the doctoral level. She loves reading and writing, loves teaching and loves working in the world of education. Donna Kakonge is single and, for now, that helps her to focus on her career.