Tuesday, June 30, 2015

writing retreat Costa Rica 9-13 October

Tengo Sed Writers Retreat III
With award-winning Nigerian-German writer-in-residence,
Olumide Poopola 5-7 spaces available.

October 9-13, 2015 Costa Rica
Tengo Sed ("I am Thirsty") Writers Retreat is an all-inclusive (except plane ticket and rainforest
excursion) event for writers of all genres and levels. Dates:October 9-13, 2015. Cost: $1500 plus airfare. Award
winning author, Olumide Poopola will be the writer-in-residence and host of the writing workshops. Housing,
transport, food and laundry included. No WIFI - this is an unplugged space. The retreat is for rest, rejuvenation,
sharing ideas, conversations and focusing on personal writing.

Retreat details
Logistics: Arrival - Friday October 9, 2015 in San Jose. afternoon departure to accommodate all flight arrivals . 2 hour drive to Retreat space, which is a private family house in La Algeria, Siquirres. Departure- Drop off in San Jose by 4pm on October 13, 2015 (or direct drop at airport).

ALL Bedrooms and baths will be shared dormitory style. Showers have cold/tepid water which is the general practice on the Caribbean coast. There will be a combination of sun
and rain, as is normal for the zone. There is a private pool, a river to hike, hammocks, and two lounges. There will be a daily cook on-site to provide breakfast, lunch
and dinner for all dietary needs - please just indicate in advance.

The only commitment is that each writer must be prepared to workshop their writing at least 1x during the week and participate in group review/ feedback.
Workshops will happen on October 10, 11, 12, 13.

The application process: send a one (1) page letter of intent and a 3 page writing to:
Cost is $1500. 
$300 nonrefundable deposit
due by July 15. 
$450/August 15; $450/Sept 15; $300/October 1. 
All applications are peer reviewed.

Workshops will be conducted by London based, award winning writer, activist and poet, Dr. Olumide Poopola. Her website is: www.olumidepoopola.com. She will be reading from her novella, this is not about sadness, so writers are welcome/encouraged to purchase and read the book in advance (available on amazon.com)

Retreat manager is Gordon-Chipembere, PhD
Contact: 506 2239-3629
Visit our Facebook page for more info or the website link above.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Guidebook to Reporting Gender and Sexuality (Nigeria)

"This Guidebook by Project Hope Nigeria is designed to help journalists respond appropriately to the challenges of reporting the changing texture of community reaction to issues of gender and sexuality to reflect the growing necessity for tolerance on the part of the people, as it seeks greater understanding of the realities that those who identify as belonging to any of the broad group of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) continually face. The media has a vital role to play in forward marching the process of making our communities more inclusive and tolerant.

The guide is certain to help journalists avoid the pitfalls of language, emphasis and ignorance as they report about issues and on members of the community, and shows what impact inaccuracies or insensitivity may have on the people who bear the brunt of outcomes of reports. It provides a freeze of our changing world, highlights agenda for development on gender and sexuality and draw on examples of best practice from various media contexts about how best to deal with the most intimate and private aspects of people’s lives, which can be difficult to write about and discuss publicly in the context of cultural sensitivities and taboos surrounding sexuality. Importantly, it shows how the average LGBT person define himself/herself, how their context embrace or reject them, how they are shaped by the world they live in and how they have a space in our society."

Download here 

You can find an excerpt 'How to do Friendship' of my forthcoming novel

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Excerpt from forthcoming novel in Feminist Studies

I am very excited to be part of this great Feminist Studies issue with an excerpt from my forthcoming novel 'Fishing for Naija'. 

This issue’s “Africa Reconfigured” cluster presents new scholarly and artistic approaches to decolonization emerging from African Studies. Xavier Livermon argues that new definitions of “tradition”—not just legal rights—have led Black South Africans to “queer” marriage practices. Cheryl Toman offers an account of writer, playwright, and performer Werewere Liking’s distinctive questioning of colonialism through performance art and social activism in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali. 
Busi Makoni examines how young women creatively relate to the prevailing lexicon of body parts in southern African languages. Our featured artist is Peju Alatise, whose materials and ideas deeply question European and US aesthetics, as Moyo Okediji explains. 
Creative writers published in this issue, Olumide Popoola and Gabeba Baderoon, examine the workings of gender orders and memory in African contexts.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Performance evening ICA (London) 31 May 2014

I'll be reading from my forthcoming novel at the following event:

'Get Off My Back Will You and Give Someone Else a Chance' 
hosted by Jay Bernard.

31 May 2014, 7.30pm (£5 / Free to ICA Members)

An evening of readings, performances and screenings by international poets and performance artists including:

Ollie O'Neill
Ng Yi-Sheng
Olumide Popoola
Evan Ifekoya
Andra Simons
AfroOdyssey III (2013), a film by Adejoke Tugbiyele and Olushola A. Cole

Thursday, May 08, 2014

'this is not about sadness' review in Wasafiri by Natsayi Sithole

I'm more than delighted to come across this great review of my book 'this is not about sadness' by Natsayi Sithole in Wasafiri (Volume 28, Issue 1, 2013)

...Popoola’s novella is unique in its ability to indulge the reader in the vernacular richness of London’s immigrant communities, thrashing sound together in a way that imitates both intimate conversation and the noise of the city. On the whole the text is relentless in terms of narrative motion. The reader is moved from conversation to conversation, thought to thought, and character to character at pace. Popoola creates a kind of lyrical emulation of the metropolis as multitudinous accents and cultures which reside so closely together begin to bleed into one another, creating the possibility of new understandings and new modes of expression...

Read the whole review here

Thursday, January 30, 2014

mercy killing. a poem

While we are angry and disappointed with the recent passing of the Anti-Gay Bill in Nigeria (although it is named anti- same-sex marriage bill the title is merely masking what it is: anti-gay prosecution) here a poem written a few years back in response to the proposed Ugandan homosexuality bill.

To all those who have spoken out against all form of homo- and transphobia. especially in response to the recent backlash on the African continent: I salute you! Silence has never protected anyone, yet it can be so difficult to speak out when wall of ignorance seems so solid. It is each and every voice that makes the difference.