London-based Olumide Popoola is a Nigerian-German writer. Her publications include essays, poetry, the novella this is not about sadness (Unrast, 2010), the play text Also by Mail (edition assemblage, 2013), the short story collection breach, which she co-authored with Annie Holmes (Peirene Press, 2016), as well as recordings in collaboration with musicians. In 2004 she won the May Ayim Award in the category Poetry, the first Black German Literary Award. Olumide has a PhD in Creative Writing and has lectured in creative writing at various universities.
In 2018 Olumide curated Berlin’s inaugural international African Bookfest, Writing in Migration, which saw more than 35 authors come to the city.
She created and is leading the creative writing and mentoring scheme ‘The Future is Back’ for emerging LGBTQ+ writers, which is funded by the Arts Council England. Olumide presents internationally as author, speaker and facilitator. Her critically acclaimed novel When We Speak of Nothing was published by Cassava Republic Press in 2017 in the UK and Nigeria, and in 2018 in the US. The Danish translation was published by Rebel with a cause in 2020. A French translation is due in 21/22.
The French translation of the short-story collection breach will be published in 2021.
In 2019 Scottish Makar Jackie Kay named her as one of Britain’s best BAME (Black and brown) writers.