Nicole is a London-based Ghanaian born curator, cultural producer, public speaker and festival director. In 2018, Forbes listed Nicole as one of 100 women to follow on Twitter and LinkedIn. In the same year, TimeOut named Nicole as 1 of 50 Londoner’s shaping the city’s cultural landscape. Nicole is the co-founding director of Black Girl Festival, the UK’s first festival for Black British women and girls.
Sharan founded, developed and now runs the UK’s leading South Asian magazine Burnt Roti. Her particular interests focus on discussing the representations of young womxn, South Asian womxn and queer womxn. She is the Director of Middlesex Pride and creator of Oh Queer Cupid, a queer speed dating and comedy night. She has had bylines in i-D, HuffPost, the Guardian and was on the list of global influential women for the BBC 100 Women 2019.
Judy is a playwright and actress and a Jamaican brought up in Sarawak. “Sitting in Limbo”, co-written with Dawn Penso, played at The Tricycle and the Caribbean. It was abridged by the BBC World Service. Her novel extract was short-listed for The Borough Press and The Good Literary Agency’s 2019 open submission competition.
Raj is a lawyer, author and activist. Her first book Stories for South Asian Supergirls was published in May 2019 and was selected as Children’s Book of the Week and Children’s Book of the Month by the Times and The Guardian. Raj is also the founder of the Pink Ladoo Project, a global gender equality campaign which has been reported on by various news publications including The Guardian, BBC, Vice, Metro, Stylist Magazine and CBC News. Raj was born in England and raised in Canada.
Saima is an award-winning journalist. She started her career at the Telegraph & Argus and went on to work for the BBC. She is a recipient of the Commonwealth Broadcast Association’s World View Award, and has written for numerous publications including The Times and The Independent. Saima’s essay for “It’s Not About The Burqa” appeared in Guardian Weekend and received over 250,000 hits over two days.
Zeena is a journalist, editor, and blogger. As a journalist, Zeena has written for OK! magazine, The Mirror, TV Choice, All About Soap, amongst other publications. Her blog wordtothemothers.com. has been commissioned by The Telegraph, Good Housekeeping, The Mirror and The Sun. Word to the Mothers was also turned into a TV series for Made Television, in which Zeena hosted a parent-specific chat show.
Musa is a poet, journalist and musician. He is the author of two non-fiction books about football (A Cultured Left Foot, Will You Manage?) and one collection of poetry (Eating Roses For Dinner). He left law to pursue a career as a writer. His first book was nominated for the 2008 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, and he has written essays for ESPN, The Economist and The New York Times. He is one half of the electronic music outfit BBXO and co-hosts the Rabona football podcast. He lives in Berlin.
Penny Pepper is an acclaimed wheelchair-using author, poet, performer & disabled activist. A genre-defying and versatile writer, Penny Pepper’s work is a blend of the quirky and the saucy, with a focus on the examination of difference, inequality and identity. She tells stories we haven’t heard, connecting her experience of the world to the universal experience, making others see the world differently.
Monika is half-Brazilian and half-Montenegrin and has lived in London her whole life. She has a degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bristol, and a Masters in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Her debut poetry collection will be her first published work, having won the inaugural #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize. Monika works in the humanitarian and non-profit sector.
Anna brings a mix of influences from previous work adventures, she is a BAFTA nominated children’s animation writer, UK Particle Physics Outreach Officer, and a Producer in TV for the BBC Proms. Anna is a TEDx speaker, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, trustee of Paraorchestra and Friends, and Chair of theatre producing company MAYK.
Clare writes novels, short stories and microfiction for adults and children. She grew up between London and Yorkshire, worked in the fields of biological sciences, philosophy and hairdressing. Her short fiction has been widely anthologised and shortlisted in several prizes, including the Bridport, Northern Writers’ Award, Commonword, Fish, Bath Flash and Galley Beggar Press.
Hafsa is a co-winner of the inaugural 2019 New Writer’s Prize. Her debut fiction novel, We are all Birds of Uganda, explores themes of belonging, generational divides, race and faith, and will be published by #Merky Books, Penguin Random House in July 2020. Hafsa currently works as a dispute resolution lawyer in central London.