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Dr Olumide Popoola

Associate Lecturer
Central Saint Martins
Person Type
Olumide  Popoola


I am an Associate Lecturer on the Writing for Change course at Central Saint Martins. My work as a writer is concerned with the intersection of critical and creative practice, and I present internationally as speaker, facilitator and author.

My interests concern critical/creative investigation into the 'in-between' of culture, language and public space. My publications include critical essays, narrative essays, creative non-fiction, hybrid pieces and poetry. I have published 4 books: the novella this is not about sadness, the play Also by Mail, the short story collection breach (co-authored with Annie Holmes) and the critically acclaimed novel When We Speak of Nothing. My next novel, The Swimmer, is forthcoming in 2023.

In 2018 I curated Berlin’s (Germany) inaugural international African Bookfest, which was called “star-studded” (Brittle Paper). Keen to nurture the next generation of LGBTQ+  writers, I created the The Future is Back (2018, 2019, 2020/21), an Arts Council England funded mentoring and creative writing scheme for emerging LGBTQ+ writers. In 2019, Scottish writer Jackie Kay selected me as one of Britain's 10 notable contemporary Black and brown writers.