Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2024

Oct, Nov, Dec

Sharon Dodua Otoo | Honorary Fellow

Sharon Dodua Otoo | Image: Fadi Elias_In-Haus Media
Sharon Dodua Otoo | Image: Fadi Elias_In-Haus Media

Sharon Dodua Otoo, born in London to Ghanaian parents, lives and works as a writer, curator, and political activist in Berlin. In 2020, she opened the Festival of German-Language Literature with a "Speech on Literature" entitled "Are Black People Allowed to Paint Flowers?" Her debut novel Adas Raum (2021) has been translated into several languages. Otoo is politically involved with the associations Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland e.V., Phoenix e.V., and ADEFRA e.V. In 2022, she curated the Black literature festival "Resonanzen" (Resonances) in cooperation with Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen.

Selected Publications
2022| Herr Gröttrup setzt sich hin. Drei Texte, Verlag S. Fischer
2021 | Adas Raum (novel), Verlag S. Fischer
2022 | "Snippets of Silence," in: Heinrich Böll, Sharon Dodua Otoo, Collected Silence, Edition Zweifel
2014 | Synchronicity (novella), edition assemblage
2013 | die dinge, die ich denke, während ich höflich lächele (novella), edition assemblage
Selected Prizes and Awards
2023 | Max Kade Writer-in-Residence, Lafayette College
2022 | Schroeder Writer-in-Residence, Cambridge University
2022 | Order of Merit of the State of Berlin
2021 | Visiting Fellow, Cambridge University
2019 | TAGEWERK Fellowship, Guntram and Irene Rinke Foundation
2018 | German Literature Fund Scholarship
2016 | Ingeborg Bachmann Prize