Regina Amollo was born in Kaberamaido in eastern Uganda. She studied at Lwala St. Mary’s Girls School, Mt. St. Mary’s Namagunga Secondary School and Mulago School of Nursing, where she qualified as a paediatric nurse.
Amollo’s short story, Those Days in Iganga was published in A Woman’s Voice, an anthology of short stories published by FEMRITE 1998. A Season Of Mirth is her first novel. She is currently working in Soroti Hospital.
A Season Of Mirth is a compendious analysis of dramatic and comic experience of a real village life. Set in Teso, Eastern Uganda, the novel depicts rural scenes, the highlights of which are the Okembe dance, the marriage of Anaro, Okanya’s eldest daughter to a police constable, and the birth of a son to Okanya, so long-awaited.
The novel revolves around the rhythm of village life and interpersonal relationships. Using a pervasive sense of psychological precision, the author exposes the woman’s subordinate role in a traditional setting and portrays the man (the protagonist Okanya, in this case) as a typical chauvinist, domineering, quarrelsome, pig-headed and selfish.
Written in simple, proverbially embellished language, with natural and realistic characters, A Season Of Mirth sparkles with humor and liveliness.