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Farah appointed the Torschreiber Fellow 2022



Landecker Fellow Farah Abdi is a Somalia-born author and activist. Recently, she was selected as the laureate of the Torschreiber Fellowship 2022.

Torschreiber am Pariser Platz” is a fellowship program for writers in exile offered by Allianz Kulturstiftung and the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor. The fellowship enables one selected author to work on their own literary projects of choice for the period of six months. The foundations aim to help the fellow network with the city’s literary life. In consultation with the author, an individual side program of events is further developed, including readings and cultural encounters.

I am extremely honoured to have been selected to be the new Torschreiber Fellow and I am looking forward to telling the stories of transgender refugees who have found themselves in Berlin through no fault of their own and now call this eclectic city home,” shares Farah in the Press Release announcing the Fellowship.

As part of the Fellowship, a sensitive video portrait discovering Farah’s life and work in Berlin was produced:


Farah is one of thirty 2021-2022 Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.