Linda Gabriel did not only travel to Germany for the African Book Festival Berlin „Writing in Migration“. The Spoken word poet, performer and creative powerhouse spent an entire month in Germany. She performed her gripping One-Woman-Show „You Think You Know Me“ as part of the Urban Africa Series at Grassi Museum in Leipzig on 18th April as well as on Bremen’s town square during the Africtions Festival on 12th May and captivated her audiences there, too.
Moreover, working creatively with young people – especially young women – is dear to the artist’s heart. Therefore Linda Gabriel was invited to the University of Applied Sciences Bremen to teach a creative writing workshop and performed some of her poetry in a postcolonial literature class at the Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Potsdam and provided vivid insights into creative processes and the challenges artists and especially female artists are facing in Zimbabwe.
At „Poetry meets Soul“, a well-established fixture of Berlin’s spoken word scene moderated and curated by German-Nigerian performer Jùmọké Bọlanle Adéyanju on 29th April the mic was passed between Linda Gabriel and numerous established and upcoming wordsmiths from near and far who lifted up everybody’s spirits in a packed Villa Neukölln.
During her stay in Germany Linda Gabriel gave a multitude of interviews. She visited the studios of Berlin’s anglophone radio station KCRW and spoke with Marlene Melchior about what poetry means to her personally, the Zimbabwean arts scene the African Book Festival Berlin and gave a lyrical sample of her artistry. Julia Eikmann profiled the artist for Deutschlandfunk Kultur.
Interview in German: