Gabriel Gbadamosi


Gabriel Gbadamosi is a poet, playwright, broadcaster and critical thinker from South London. He is just taking up a position (November 2018) with the Royal Literary Fund to re-imagine how BAME writers in the UK might be curated. He was AHRC Creative Research Fellowship in European and African performance at the Pinter Centre, Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a Judith E. Wilson Fellow for creative writing at Cambridge University as well as Wingate Scholar researching performance in Africa and a presenter for Night Waves, BBC Radio 3’s flagship arts and ideas programme.

His plays include No Blacks, No Irish (BAC), Eshu’s Faust (Cambridge), Hotel Orpheu (Schaubühne, Berlin) and for radio The Long, Hot Summer of ’76 (BBC) which won the first Richard Imison Award. His debut novel, Vauxhall, won the 2011 Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize at the London Book Fair and has just been published by Telegram in May 2013. You can read the Daily Mail review here

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Gabriel thinks better than anyone I know. His vision for a better world has always challenged me to think and do better, and together we have worked in a variety of different ways. Gabriel helped me set up The Fence, along with Sarah Dickenson, Peter Arnott and Kaite O’Reilly. Gabriel was dramaturg on Hydroponic, a long-term collaboration between writernet and South Street in Reading, with support from Arts Council England, South East, to develop diverse voices for the stage. Gabriel also served as Chair of writernet.

We most recently collaborated on Ireland Has Struck Oil! –  a Fence project with King’s College as part of their Arts & Humanities Festival in October 2017. We have been planning a successor project – Greece is Gone with Andreas Flourakis and Trinity College, Dublin

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