Artist in Residence: Ade Solanke


Ade Solanke

As part of the Beyond the Linear Narratives project, funded by the AHRC, the Pinter Centre for Performance and Creative Writing is delighted to introduce Ade Solanke as one of our two artists in residence for the final year of the project. Ade will be working closely with the centre on our research and performance activities over the coming months. The culmination of her work as artist in residence will be presented at our final conference in November 2011

Ade Solanke is a playwright and scriptwriter. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Goldsmiths, where she teaches Scriptwriting. Her recent scripts have been produced and performed in two leading festivals of contemporary black writing: Talawa's Unzipped at the Young Vic and Tiata Fahozdi's Tiata Delights at the Almeida. She has also written for the award-winning BBC radio drama, Westway, and wrote the screenplay for ‘The Family Legacy,’ a Nollywood-style film about a family coping with Sickle-Cell disease, to be screened as part of the Black Filmmaker Festival at the NFT in November 2009.

Ade’s project Spora Stories , based at the Young Vic, is inspired by the global impact of Nollywood and aims to build on its success to develop creative, popular African drama for stage and screen, and extend it to new audiences. Her writing practice and research looks at the drama of the fractured family in diaspora experience.

Ade was the British Film Institute's Writer-in-Residence, and has been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and a Hawthornden Fellow. As a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California (USC) Film School in Los Angeles, she gained an MFA in Screenwriting and later worked in the story departments of Disney, Sundance and New Line in LA. She also holds a post-graduate diploma in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths College, London, as well as an Honours degree in English Literature from the University of Sheffield. Formerly an arts journalist, she has written for BBC Radio 4, The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The Royal Television Society Journal, The Voice, West Africa, Art Monthly and many other publications.