Contemporary Cyfarwydd (Storyteller) – Bevin Magama

Bevin is a Zimbabwean-born professional storyteller and author living in Newport, Wales. He has worked for many years on the Arts Council of Wales’s Lead Creative Programme as a Creative Practitioner and a Creative Agent. Bevin has also collaborated with the Welsh Refugee Council and Wales Millennium Centre, in his capacity as an artistic director and storyteller, to produce performances and artistic expressions for refugees.

Bevin has been reader at the National Theatre Wales’ productions Roald Dahl’s City of The Unexpected, in 2016, and also as a lead actor in Bordergame, which received a four-star rating from the Financial Times.

Bevin has been a guest storyteller at a few major international storytelling festivals. Among these are Sting In The Tale, Dorset, 2014, Storytelling for Health, Swansea 2017, Platforma Festival, Newcastle, 2017, Johannesburg International Storytelling, 2013, Harare Festival of the Arts, 2018, Tate Modern Who are We Festival, London, 2018 and Nozincwadi Book and Storytelling Festival, Durban South Africa 2020.

Bevin came to the UK as a refugee in 2001. He has published articles in Forbes Africa Magazine, May 2014 Edition Article entitled, A plane Ride to Hell, pg 78. Article entitled, Through Mayhem and Tear Gas, August 2014 Edition, pg 76. His published books include Dreaming All Things Great, Vicious, Gross Misconduct, One Dead Zimbo Walking, and Harare Is Sick.

“Being a Contemporary Cyfarwdd is a dream come true, an opportunity to be the vessel that uses storytelling to inspire communities to live in harmony with one another irrespective of colour or race. My vision is to see Wales sprinting towards the finish line and lifting the trophy as UK’s exemplary anti-racist nation.” Bevin Magama


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