One of Jackie Kay’s selected writers for the International Literature Showcase
‘Her elegant and lyrical prose is instantly engaging. She is fascinated with the spaces in between culture and form, and she is adept at moving between Nigeria, Germany and the UK.’ – Jackie Kay
Feminist exploring innovative writing and accessibility, committed to voice(s) and representation
Nigerian-German Olumide Popoola writes essays, poetry, short and long fiction. She also published a play and recorded spoken word in collaboration with musicians. Olumide holds a PhD in Creative Writing and has lectured at various universities. In 2018 she curated Berlin’s inaugural international African Book Festival, Writing in Migration. She created and led an Arts Council funded mentorship scheme for emerging LGBTQ+ writers. ‘The Future is Back’ is now in its second year.
Her critically acclaimed novel When We Speak of Nothing was published by Cassava Republic Press in 2017. She will be the writer-in-residence at Greenwich University 2019/20.
‘flamboyant and moving debut novel’ – Diana Evans, Financial Times
‘When We Speak of Nothing is a linguistically inventive and deliciously original’ – Bernardine Evaristo, Guardian
‘Revels in the joy of expression’ – Kwanele Sosibo, Mail and Guardian (South Africa)
‘A victorious coming-of-age novel. …Pópóọlá is unperturbed by the precepts that govern conformity in writing. Her prose is bold and brave, and her sincerity is evident…’ – Outlwile Tsipane, Johannesburg Review of Books
‘When We Speak of Nothing is an ode to queer black life’ – Ainehi Edoro, Brittle Paper
‘I am honoured and look forward to making new connections.’ – Olumide
Main image (c) Naomi Woddis