Experiments in Imagining Otherwise by Lola Olufemi

Experiments in Imagining Otherwise by Lola Olufemi

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This is a book of failure and mistakes; it begins with what is stolen from us and proposes only an invitation to imagine.

In these playful written experiments, Lola Olufemi navigates the space between what is and what could be. Weaving together fragmentary reflections in prose and poetry, this is an exploration of the possibility of living differently, grounded in black feminist scholarship and political organising.

Olufemi shows that the horizon is not an immaterial state we gesture toward. Instead, propelled by the motion of thinking against and beyond, we must invent the future now and never let go of the otherwise.

Lola Olufemi is a black feminist writer and CREAM/Stuart Hall Foundation researcher from London. Her work focuses on the uses of the feminist imagination and its relationship to futurity, political demands and imaginative-revolutionary potential. She is the author of Experiments in Imagining Otherwise and Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power, the co-author of A FLY Girl’s Guide to University, and a member of ‘bare minimum’, an interdisciplinary anti-work arts collective.

‘I felt my brain spark and spin with possibility and confrontation … in all its bright, rich generosity, it reminds me that our reality is all a fiction.’— gal-dem

‘One of the most interesting and inspiring feminist thinkers working in Britain today, Olufemi here cements her reputation as a powerful literary voice as well as a key political theorist.’— Red Pepper

‘Reading this book encouraged me and made me feel less alone … I cannot recommend this book enough.’— Bad Form

‘A necessary intervention … to go beyond the experiential and into the experimental.’— LSE Review of Books


‘Lola’s writing crackles kindness and oozes fury. Above all, it is direct … Everybody needs to read this book.’— SPAM

‘A manifestation, not a manifesto ... Genreless, genreful … a living gift with which to make gifts of life.’— periodicities

‘Lola’s writing ... makes me embrace feeling like a dreamer.’— Zoé Samudzi, co-author of As Black as Resistance

‘A balm that soothes the soul and eases the heart ... an open invitation through the portal ... into the otherwise.’— Gail Lewis, co-founder of the Organisation for Women of African and Asian Descent (OWAAD)

‘Reading this book wrought magic in my spirit. I am floored! I am flying! … Here is some breath-giving medicine for this gasping historic moment. Here are some weapons for lovers, for feminists.’— Sophie Lewis, author of Abolish the Family and Full Surrogacy Now

‘Reminds us once more: the light is within us!’— Imani Robinson, writer and curator

Paperback / 148 pages