Independent Publishing Festival 2024

Sep 06 – 08, 2024

Oberhafen, Hamburg - Save the date!


Storytelling in Print

Independent literature magazines are a platform for innovative storytelling that often experiment with form and structure, pushing the boundaries of traditional narratives and incorporating multimedia elements. These magazines prioritize and explore underrepresented voices and perspectives that are often overlooked in mainstream literature. What are the challenges and rewards of embarking on the journey to bring these stories into independent magazines? How do you find community? How can an idea convert to a successful project? 

We invite the public into this space to listen and exchange through readings, discussions, and workshops into the world of Storytelling in Print.

Black Global Narratives and Storytelling

Join OFF TO Magazine and GURLZ WITH CURLZ for a thought-provoking panel discussion on the diverse global community of Black individuals. Explore the significance of sharing one’s own narratives to challenge the misconception of Black homogeneity and break free from the ethnocentric perspectives imposed. From African, Afro-German, African-American, to Mixed heritage, and countless other self-identifications within the Black community, we will delve into the ways in which these storytellers convey their experiences through print media. Together, we will explore the vital role of both macro and micro narratives in shaping the broader Black Global narrative.

Speaker: Linda Nübling, GURLZ WITH CURLZ and Liz Gomis, OFF TO

Moderator: Lubi Barre, Writer & Curator (FR/US/DE)

A Space of One’s Own – Black Archiving and Libraries

Many cultures and ethnicities have long had a historical trace and preservation in the form of archives. Libraries have been filled with Western authors and art with minimal dedication or curation to Black history and books. Yet the idea of Black archives and libraries are still spaces that are not only grossly underfunded but even viewed as obsolete. Together with Arca - Afrikanisches Bildungszentrum - Fasiathek and Die Schwarze Kinderbibliothek, we probe into the importance of creating Black archives and libraries, how they contribute to the health of a society, the challenges and successes that arise from creating “A Space of One’s Own”.

Speaker: Sheeko Ismail, Schwarze Kinderbibliothek and Millicent Adjei, Arca e.V.

Moderator: Lubi Barre, Writer & Curator

foto: Nico Scagliarini
  • Born in Paris, France, Lubi Barre is a writer of poetry and short stories. She published in the anthology "My Old Man" at Cannongate Books, the German language collection "Here and There" at Punktum Verlag as well as in the anthology Kontinentaldrift- Das Schwarze Europa by Wunderhorn Verlag. She is the co-organizer of the independent reading series AHAB, founder of Sprachlos series, and a member of the Residency Writers Room. From 2017-2020 she was co-organizer and co-moderator of the reading series Hafenlesung as well as the 2020 and 2021 literary curator of the Fluctoplasma festival in Hamburg. She has received numerous grants for writing and curation and in addition, teaches creative writing seminars.

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