2020

Agnes Török

Author and activist

Stockholm (Sweden)

From February 5 to February 21, 2020

Biography —

Agnes Török (they/them and she/her) is a queer bilingual spoken word poet, author, activist and creative writing teacher. 

Török has performed on four continents, held two TED talks and published four books. Among their awards and accolades are the Best Wellbeing Show Award and Best International Spoken Word Show Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as several million views of their spoken word videos online. They have collaborated with the BBC and VICE, been featured at the Scottish Poetry Library, Roundhouse Theatre, and stages and literature festivals around the world.

Török’s English-language books include Happiness Is An Art Form (2016), We Need To Talk (2017) and All The Days We Don’t Revolt (2020), all published by Burning Eye Books. Their Swedish books include Att Göra (2019) and Den Nya Tidens Diktbok (2019), published by Leopard Förlag.

Török works closely with organisations for change, donating 10% of book proceeds from her 2017 title to women’s shelters and LGBTQ+ support services. 

Their work exists at the intersection of art and activism.

Project at Faber —

How do we imagine possible queer futures? Impossible ones?

Futures we hope for? Futures we fear? 

The disruptive potential of science fiction and imagining radically different queer futures is close to my heart. It is as part of a history of queer feminist science fiction that I have spent five years working on a series of four queer, feminist science fiction novels about friendship, community and revolt. 

During the Faber residency, I will edit the first novel in the series in order to make more members of our community see themselves reflected and represented in a better (and queerer) future.