Collective residences


From Monday, 26 October 2020 to Friday, 6 November 2020

Linguist, creative writer and researcher


Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún is a Nigerian writer and linguist. His debut collection of poetry Edwardsville by Heart was published by Wisdom’s Bottom Press, Oxford, in 2018.

His work as a linguist is in language documentation, lexicography, and language advocacy — for which he was awarded the Premio Ostana in 2016. In 2015, he founded, a multimedia dictionary of Yorùbá names — the first of its kind in Nigeria. He has also worked with Google and Oxford Dictionaries on Nigerian English lexicography and other Nigerian language projects.

He was a Miles Morland Foundation Scholar in 2019 and has worked as a literary editor as well. His work has appeared in African Writer, Aké Review, Brittle Paper, International Literary Quarterly, Enkare Review, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, PEN Transmissions, Jalada, Popula, Saraba Magazine, The Guardian (Nigerian and UK), ThisisAfrica, among others.

He’s currently a Chevening Research Fellow at the British Library in London. Read more at


I am working on a book of literary translations of contemporary Nigerian short stories into Yorùbá as a way of generating interactions between these hegeemonic languages into which modern African writers write and our own local languages. My focus is on Nigerian writers not of Yorùbá extraction, although I also intend to include a few whose first language is Yorùbá. The intention is to provide a living web corpus of contemporary Yorùbá texts for language technologists and researchers, to help formulate research ideas about a modern Yorùbá orthography, and to create a space for conversation, through publishing, for both the ideas in the literary work and for Nigerian languages as worthy mediums of literature.

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