Olumide Popoola

    is a London-based Nigerian German author, poet, performer and speaker who presents internationally, often collaborating with musicians or other artists. She lectures creative writing, currently at Goldsmiths College London. Her publications include short stories, critical essays (often on practice-led research and the novel) and poetry. Her novella this is not about sadness was published by Unrast Verlag in 2010. Her play Also by Mail was published in 2013 by Witnessed (edition assemblage). The scope of her work concerns critical investigation into the ‘in-between’ of culture, language and public space where a, sometimes uncomfortable, look at complexity is needed. She is currently working on Breach,
    a collection of short stories based on interviews with refugees in Calais. „This summer we’ve seen an extraordinary media coverage, not just in the good sense but one fraught with very questionable objectives, seemingly pointing in one direction, and that is creating panic. Words like swelling, swarms of people, the idea of the Muslims coming to take over, the endless pictures of people running, trying to breach into the safe haven of our Britain. I quickly googled to get some examples and stumbled upon this caption: In truth, most people don’t want more refugees coming to the UK. This is not an extremely inflammatory caption but it serves as a good example for the subtler notions our thinking and language carries, which nevertheless is far-reaching. It brings me closer to my answer to the debate‘s question: whose crisis is this? Of course it’s a humanitarian crisis, of course it’s a political crisis, of course the people suffering really are the refugees. But I also think this is also a crisis for the liberal mind.“