An Interview with Nikky Norton Shafau

In the run up to Future|Journeys on 21st May, we thought we’d do some quick takes with the various artists and hackers who will be joining the event. Nikki Norton Shafau is a Manchester based artist who will be leading the Storybook workshop. Much of her work is focussed on using the transformative power of narrative to change our perceptions and destinies and we wanted to find out a little bit more about what makes her tick…


AfroFutures_UK: It’s so great to talk with you and I’m especially happy you’re going to be leading a workshop and a guest panellist on the 21st. Do you mind introducing yourself in your own words?

Nikky Norton Shafau: My name is Nikky. I am a little bit strange… I want to become a Storybook.

AF: What do you think defines your art?

NNS: I like exploring self, the unknown, reality and fantasy. I like being silly and serious. I am interested in african oral storytelling traditions, playing with the boundaries between ‘audience’ and artist and finding my own voice; sense of belonging.

AF: We always like to ask this and its a bit standard but, who would you say are your inspirations?

NNS: Who and what – as I am very inspired by the environment that I am in. Everyday people, my family, any artist with soul doing things their own way.



AF: Any teasers for the workshop at 2:30pm?

NNS: I hope to take you on an Afro-Futures storytelling journey that gives you tools to self reflect and reason with others.


AF: What excites you most about being at Future|Journeys?

NNS: Connecting. There’s a party too, right? 🙂


Storybook, a chance to use your own creative tools to re-write the past,will be on from 2:30pm – 4:30pm.


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