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Rufus Mufasa

Rufus Mufasa is a pioneering participatory artist, literary activist, poet, rapper, singer songwriter, theater maker, and last but not least, Mother. 

 

From Barbican Fellow to the first Future Generations Act Poet in Residence, Rufus also works internationally, securing literary residencies from Hay Literature Festival to Sweden, Finland, Indonesian, and most recently Zimbabwe, but always returns to People Speak Up in Llanelli, Wales, promoting hip hop education, performance poetry and intergenerational development, and was appointed their Poet on Prescription 2021. A Hull '19 artist in conjunction with BBC Contains Strong Language, Flashbacks and Flowers is her debut collection, published by Indigo Dreams, awarded for their innovation in publishing, and a second solo album also drops in 2021. Rufus' work explores motherhood, the spirituality of ancestry, class, climate chaos, transgenerational trauma, the divine & the domestic, feminism & faith.

 

MA in Scriptwriting 2010 

Barbican Fellow 2015-17

Crowd Literature European Fellowship 2016

Artistic Collaborator with The Helsinki Poetry Connection 2016-19 

ArtWorks Cymru Poet in Residence 2016

Out-Spoken Poetry Prize Finalist 2016

Poetry Rivals Finalist 2017

Swansea Poetry Slam Winner 2017

Hay Festival Scribblers Tour 2018

Literature Wales Writers Bursary 2018

Hay Writer at Work 2018-19 

Joon Dance Artist in Residence 2018

tactileBOSCH Poet in Residence 2018

Highly Commended in the Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize 2018

Highly Commended in the Mothers Milk Books Prize 2018

Future Generations Act Poet in Residence 2019-20

Storm 3: National Theatre Wales  2019

International Coracle Europe Literary Resident 2019

Makassar International Writers Festival Writer in Residence 2019

The Cooperative Society Poet in Residence 2019

BBC Contains Strong Language 2019

BBC Radio 6 Freak Zone Contributor 2019

BBC Radio Cymru Poet of the Month 2019

BASW Poet in Residence 2020

People Speak Up Artist in Residence 2019-20

People Speak Up Poet on Prescription 2021

Literature Wales & Royal College of Psychiatry Recipient 2021

Chapter Arts Experimentica Recipient 2021

Theatre Genedlaethol Cymru Artist Community Development Bursary Recipient 2021

Creative Cardiff Community Artist Recipient 2021

Pioneering Participatory Practitioner
Lyricist-Poet-Rapper-Mother
International Literary Activist
Community Intergenerational Specialist
Hip Hop Educator, specialising in alternative education
Arts Award Advisor
Award winning spoken word artist
Award winning singer songwriter
MA in Scriptwriting
Barbican Fellow 2015-17
Crowd Literature European Fellowship 2016
Hay Writer at Work 2018-19
Current Future Generations Act Poet in Residence
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Artistic Collaborator with The Helsinki Poetry Connection 2016-19

International Coracle Europe Literary Resident 2019

National Theatre Wales’ Storm Three 2019

Highly commended in the Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize 2018.

British Arts Council indigenous languages poetry exchange with Makassar, Indonesia, headlining the Makassar International Writers Festival 2019, and one of six poets contributing to a book published by Wrecking Ball Press, titled "I am both stranger and of this place".

Intergenerational Artist Residency with People Speak Up, Llanelli, based at the old Zion Baptist Chapel, 2019, and ongoing.

Hull 19 Artist, in conjunction with BBC Contains Strong Language Festival.

BBC6 Freak Zone contributor, discussing indigenous languages, presenting trilingual work.

BBC Wales' Poet of the Month, November 2019.

British Arts Council invitation to Zimbabwe, February 2020.

Full poetry collection, Flashbacks & Flowers will be published by Indigo Dreams, in 2021.

Poet in Residence for BASW (2020) The Cooperative Society (2019) Artworks Cymru (2016)