Bernardine Evaristo is the Anglo-Nigerian award-winning author of seven books of fiction and verse fiction, as well as short fiction, reviews, essays, drama and writing for BBC radio.
Named by the New Statesman as the writer to read ‘If you want to understand modern day Britain', Evaristo's latest novel Girl, Woman, Other has been shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2019.
Evaristo is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and Vice Chair of the Royal Society of Literature and was made an MBE in 2009. In 2019, she is the inaugural Woolwich Laureate, appointed by the Greenwich & Docklands International Festival.
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is a Ugandan novelist and short story writer. Her first novel, Kintu, won the Kwani? Manuscript Project in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize in 2014.
Her short story Let’s Tell This Story Properly won the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and is included in her first collection of stories, Manchester Happened.
In 2018, she was awarded the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction to support her writing, and was a judge for the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian British writer. Her debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for an Edinburgh International First Book Award. Her short story collection Speak Gigantular was shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. Her work has been featured in many publications including The New York Times, The Observer and The Guardian, and she was recently inducted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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