Kübra Gümüşay

Kübra Gümüsay © Paula Winkler

Kübra Gümüşay, born in Hamburg in 1988, studied political science in Hamburg and London. She is the author of the bestselling book “Sprache § Sein” (Language and Being) and the founder of several award-winning campaigns and associations – e.g. the campaign #SchauHin against racism, the feminist alliance #ausnahmslos, and the campaign 'Organized Love'. In 2018, Forbes Magazine selected her as one of 30 under 3o in Europe in the media and marketing industry.

Meet The Author

What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Read, experience, absorb and soak up life, think and exchange - because my writing only fulfils me when I am fulfilled.
A memory while writing the book you would like to share....
At some point the book took on a life of its own, it made me want to go in a different direction than I had previously planned. It was a magical moment that was very empowering for me because it made me realise my limitations and nothingness.
Do you believe in writer's block?
I believe that some thoughts are not ready yet and therefore can't get out. So sometimes it just needs a little more time, another source, another experience, but sometimes it's just time pressure.
Would you say that writing stimulates or exhausts a writer?
Both. Depending on the subject and state of mind.
How are foreign-language authors received in South Asian countries?
I notice a change, for example, in booksellers who consciously put literature on their shelves that looks at the world from different angles and perspectives. These people play a big role in the perception of authors from other parts of the world. Hopefully, this change in awareness will continue to bear fruit and at some point become a matter of course - and not an exception.