Lauri's Writing CV

Lauri Kubuitsile's Writing CV


1. Columnist , New Internationalist                         March 2012-Dec 2012
"Letter from Botswana"

2. Columnist                                                         April 2010 – present                           
The Voice Newspaper- It’s All Write
A column about writing and books

3. Educational Writer                           2006                                   
 Pentagon Publishers  (Science and English)

4. Freelance Writer                               2005                               

5. Freelance Writer                               2006-2007                                                

6. Freelance Writer                               2006                                                        

7. Radio Scriptwriter                            2006- 2009                                     
 Educational Broadcasting-  Science, maths, English and cultural studies


1. Uganda (2005) non fiction, publishers Mason Crest Publisher (USA)

2. The Fatal Payout (2005) fiction, publisher Macmillan (RSA), prescribed book by Ministry of Education junior secondary

3. Murder For Profit (2008), fiction, publisher Pentagon Publisher

4. Mmele and the Magic Bones ( 2009) children's fiction, Pentagon Publishers, Prescribed book for Ministry of Education, std five.

5. Three Collections of Short Stories for Std. 5,6, and 7 (2009) Pentagon Publishers co-written with Wame Molefhe and Bontekanye Botumile. All three prescribed books by Ministry of Education Botswana.

6. Lorato and the Wire Car (2009), Vivlia Publishers (RSA)

7. Birthday Wishes and other Stories (2009) Vivlia Publisher (RSA)

 8. Kwaito Love (April 2010) Sapphire Press an imprint of Kwela Books South Africa

9. Can he be the One? ( August 2010) Sapphire Press an imprint of Kwela Books South Africa, adult romance

10. The Curse of the Gold Coins  (2010) Vivlia Publishers (RSA), a mystery for children

11. Anything for Money ( 2011), Vivlia Publishers, third book in the Detective Kate Gomolemo series

12. Signed, Hopelessly in Love  (August 2011) Tafelberg South Africa, humorous young adult book. Shortlisted for the Sanlam Prize and the MER Prize. Also published by Grlica in Slovenia under the title: Sifra: Zaljubljen Do Uses.

13. Mr Not Quite Good Enough  (July 2011) Sapphire Press an imprint of Kwela Books South Africa, adult romance

14. In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata and Other Stories,(December 2011)  ebook, HopeRoad-London,  print edition Hands-on Books South Africa

15. Love in the Shadows April 2012, Sapphire Press and imprint of Kwela Books South Africa, a romance/thriller

16. Claws of a Killer (2012) - self published at Amazon Kindle, ebook only 2012,
fourth Detective Kate Gomolemo book

17. Second Worst Thing - (March 2013)  Oxford University Press South Africa, prescribed for Grade 7 in South Africa.

18.  Elephants- ( January 2013) Macmillan UK, children's reader

19. Signed, The Secret Keeper- (Nov 2013)  Diamond Publishing Botswana, the second instalment in the Amogelang Sethunya series, humorous young adult


              Contest                                                Award               Date   

1. Bessie Head   Memorial Prize      1st position                 1999                                            
  Non-fiction Article on Khama Rhino Sanctuary

2. Commonwealth                                Highly                  Nov., 2004                           
Short Story Contest                            Commended
 A Pot Full of Tears- short story

3. Tom Howard /                                 Very Highly           April, 2005                          
John Reid Short                                  Commended
Story Competition 2005
 The Collector of Lives- short story

4. Botswana Writer                             One of three           Dec., 2005
of the Year - 2005                                nominees

5. Tom Howard/John Reid                  Very Highly             July 2006                        
Short Story Competition                     Commended
 The Dandelion Wishers- short story

6. Commonwealth Short
Story Contest 2006                             Highly Commended                                       
 The Test- short story

7. Writer Co Short Story
Contest (South Africa)                       2nd position                  Jan. 2007                            
Jacob's New Bike- short story
8. BTA/ Anglo Platinum
short story contest              2007       1st Position                    Oct, 2007            
 The Christmas Wedding - short story

9. BTA/Anglo Platinum
Short Story Contest 2007                   Platinum Creativity Prize
   (RSA)                                          (special prize awarded at judge’s discretion)
 The Christmas Wedding- short story

10. Ministry of Youth, Sports &
Culture/Orange Botswerere                   1st Prize                       Nov. 2007
Prize 2007                                                (Creative Writer)

11. Macmillan African
Writers Prize    (UK)                           Shortlisted (junior)              Jan. 2008     
Mmele and the Magic Bones- book          

12. Bessie Head Literature                        1st place                      July 2008             
Prize- Short story              
 The Solar Heater- short story
13. Baobab Literary Prize (USA)            1st place- junior            May 2009  
Lorato and the Wire Car- short story/book          
Birthday Wishes -Highly commended-senior   
14. PEN Studinzki Literary Prize   Shortlist                                  June 2009            
Pulani's Eyes- short story

15. Sanlam Prize for Children’s
Literature 2009                                             Shortlisted       
Aunt Lulu- book

16. El Gouna Writers’
Residency - Egypt                                                                            May 2010      

17. Golden Baobab                                                                     November 2010
First Place in senior category with the story "The Mechanic's Son"
Highly commended in the junior category with the story "Lightning and the Thunderers"

18. Caine Prize Shortlist   "In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata"                2011

19. MER Prize shortlist (RSA)       Signed, Hopelessly in Love     September 2012


17th Time of the Writer, Durban South Africa                                         17-22 March 2014

Ran Writing workshop at Maun International Literature and
Poetry Festival                                                                                           September 2013

2012 Caine Workshop  Hermanus South Africa                                                March 2012

Springfield Convent School  Cape Town South Africa Speaking engagement   March 2012

Appeared on Hectic Nine 9 TV Show South Africa                                         March 2012

Interviewed on SAFM    South Africa                                                               March 2012

Farafina Trust Workshop (with Chimamanda Adichie and Binyavanga Wainaina) Lagos, Nigeria                                                                                                                 May 2011

Poetavango International Poetry Festival March 2011   Maun Botswana  Facilitated writing workshop

Westwood International School          Gaborone Botswana                       2010/2009/2008
Talk on my writing and reading and writing in Botswana

Maru-a-Pula School                    Gaborone Botswana                              February 2011
Held various talks and workshops for groups of students over two days. Included a discussion on scriptwriting and two creative writing workshops

Mahalapye Education Centre     Mahalapye Botswana                        15 February 2011
Discussed my book, The Fatal Payout,  which is a prescribed book for junior secondary school students, with a group of junior secondary school teachers

Space for Thought Literary Festival London School of Economics  
London England                                                                                       16-19 February 2011
Spoke on the publishing climate in Botswana and South Africa and the differences between our situation and the publishing scene in UK. Also read excerpt of one of my short stories. 

17th Time of the Writer                           Durban South Africa                     17-22 March 2014



1. Scriptwriter                                     2008-2009                                            PSI Botswana
Was co-scriptwriter for 13 part drama series called Morwalela. It dealt with three key areas around HIV/AIDS: alcohol and AIDS, multiple concurrent partners, and trans-generational and transactional relationships.

2. Scriptwriter                                     2009                                                       Camelthorn Productions
Was co-scriptwriter for 13 part second series of Re Bina Mmogo for BTV