Photo: Portrait by Johanna Ghebray, 2021.


Sharon Dodua Otoo is a novelist and a political activist. She writes prose, essays, edits the book series “Witnessed” and curates the German-language literature festival "Resonanzen". Her debut novel “Adas Raum" has been translated into many languages. Otoo won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in 2016, a major international literary award in German speaking countries. » read more

Photo: Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński / Logo: Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen 2022


A Festival of Black German-Language Fiction
Black German-language fiction has a long and distinguished tradition, from the first novel by Black German author Dualla Misipo, written towards the end of the Weimar Republic, to recent titles by Black authors, who are making an ever-greater impact. Resonance - A Festival of Black German-Language Fiction is a cooperation between the Ruhrfestspiele and the writer and political activist Sharon Dodua Otoo. This festival aims to rethink, reimagine and further develop perspectives and experiences within the German-language literary scene. » read more
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A Black Author's Book Series
Witnessed is an English language book series, launched October 2012, that documents experiences of being Black in Germany and is published by edition assemblage. » read more


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