Christine Archer

Christine Archer

Trustee

Christine Archer was a founder member of Wasafiri and of ATCAL having a degree in African and Caribbean Studies from the University of Kent. Coming from a background in education as a teacher, education advisor and trainer in diversity management, Christine now runs The Faraday Partnership and works…

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Kate Arthurs

Kate Arthurs

Trustee

Kate Arthurs is director of strategy for the British Council’s global arts programme. She previously ran her own company managing cultural and artistic projects, including partnership between London Book Fair and British Council to shape an annual programme of international writing in India, China a…

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Alison Donnell

Alison Donnell

Trustee

Alison Donnell is Professor of Modern Literatures in English at the University of Reading, UK. She has published widely on Caribbean and black British writings, including a book-length revision of literary history: Twentieth Century Caribbean Literature: Critical Moments in Anglophone Literary Histo…

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Rachel Holmes

Rachel Holmes

Trustee

Rachel Holmes is the author of Eleanor Marx: A Life, serialised on BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, winner of a 2015 Gladstone’s Library Writer-in-Residence Prize and shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize. She is also the author of The Hottentot Venus: The life and death of Saartjie Baartman and T…

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Aamer Hussein

Aamer Hussein

Trustee

Aamer Hussein was born in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to Britain in 1970. His first collection of short stories, Mirror to the Sun, was published in 1993. Since then he has produced several other collections: This Other Salt (1999), Turquoise (2002), Insomnia (2007), and a novella, Another Gulmohar…

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Bhavit Mehta

Trustee

Bhavit Mehta has worked as a publisher, translator and festival director. He studied Biological Sciences and worked in a research environment at UCL before entering the world of children’s books in 2009, writing and publishing tales from India under his own imprint Saadhak Books. Between 2010 and 20…

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Martin Soames

Martin Soames

Trustee

Martin Soames is a litigation solicitor with a publishing background. He has been involved in a number of cases which raise significant freedom of speech issues. Before training as a lawyer he worked in book publishing in various roles including blurb writer, production assistant, and finally as a c…

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Melanie Abrahams

Advisory Board

Melanie Abrahams is the founder of the companies renaissance one and Tilt. She mentors emerging producers and lectures widely. She was the curator of Modern Love, a project exploring love and modern relationships which was nominated for an EMMA Award for Best Theatre/Play. She has collaborated with…

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Ashok Bery

Ashok Bery

Advisory Board

Ashok Bery is Senior Lecturer in English at the London Metropolitan University where he teaches Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Twentieth-Century British and American Poetry, Romantic Poetry and Poetic Forms and Genres. In 2000 he published Comparing Postcolonial Literatures: Dislocations (edite…

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Margaret Busby

Margaret Busby

Advisory Board

Margaret Busby OBE became the UK’s youngest and first black female publisher when she co-founded Allison & Busby Ltd, of which she was editorial director for 20 years. She was subsequently editorial director of Earthscan Publications. She is an award-winning writer, editor, critic, consultant an…

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Amit Chaudhuri

Amit Chaudhuri

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Amit Chaudhuri was born in Calcutta and has published several prize winning novels as well as works of literary criticism.His work frequently appears in well known journals across the globe. His most recent publications include a collection of essays, Clearing A Space: Reflections on India, Literatu…

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Brian Chikwava

Brian Chikwava

Advisory Board

Brian Chikwava joined the Wasafiri Advisory Board in 2011. He is a past Caine Prize winner and author of Harare North (Jonathan Cape 2009). He tutors at City University London and is a past Charles Pick Fellow at the University of East Anglia. He has also held fellowships at Santa Maddalena Foundati…

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Merle Collins

Merle Collins

Advisory Board

Merle Collins was born in Grenada and studied in Jamaica and the USA. After university, she served as a coordinator for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean with Maurice Bishop’s People’s Revolutionary Government in Grenada. During this time, her first works were published in Callaloo: Four W…

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David Dabydeen

David Dabydeen

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David Dabydeen is a writer, critic and historian who first became known for his prize-winning collection of Creole poems, Slave Song (1984). His first novel, The Intended, was published in 1991 followed by Disappearance (1993) and The Counting House (1996). A Harlot’s Progress (1999) continued Dabyd…

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Fiona Doloughan

Fiona Doloughan

Advisory Board

Fiona Doloughan is a Lecturer in English (Literature and Creative Writing) in the Dept. of English at the Open University. Her research and teaching interests revolve around contemporary narrative; and issues of translation and creativity. She has published a monograph on Contemporary Narrative: Tex…

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Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo

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Bernardine Evaristo MBE was born in London to a Nigerian father and English mother. Her six books include Hello Mum (2010), a novella written in the voice of a teenage boy, Lara, a verse novel based on her family history spanning England, Nigeria, Ireland, Germany and Brazil (republished with new ma…

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Robert Fraser

Robert Fraser

Advisory Board

Robert Fraser is the author of several monographs, including studies of Sir James Frazer, Proust, Victorian quest literature and postcolonial fiction. His critical portrait of Ben Okri, Towards the Invisible City (2002), was described in Wasafiri as ‘poetic psychobiography’ and The Chameleon Poet (2…

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Maggie Gee

Maggie Gee

Advisory Board

Maggie Gee joined the Wasafiri Advisory Board in 2004. She is the writer of eleven novels, a collection of short stories, The Blue, and a memoir, My Animal Life (2010). Born in Poole, Dorset, she was one of the original 20 ‘Best of Young British Novelists’. Her seventh novel The White Family (2002)…

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Simon Gikandi

Simon Gikandi

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Simon Gikandi is Professor of English at Princeton University. He is the recipient of numerous awards from organisations such as the American Council of Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation, and the Guggenheim Fellowship. His many books include Reading the African Novel (1987), Maps of Englishne…

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Rachael Gilmour

Rachael Gilmour

Advisory Board

Rachael Gilmour is a Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. Much of her research focuses on issues of language, translation, and linguistic encounter in colonial and postcolonial contexts from 18th- and 19th-century South Africa to contemporary multilingual Britain. He…

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Romesh Gunesekera

Romesh Gunesekera

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Romesh Gunesekera grew up in Sri Lanka and the Phillipines before moving to England in 1971. He is the author of various novels and short stories. After the 1992 appearance of his first novel Monkfish Moon, he went on to publish Reef (1994) which was shortlisted for the Booker and The Sandglass (199…

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Abdulrazak Gurnah

Abdulrazak Gurnah

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Abdulrazak Gurnah has contributed to the development of Wasafiri from the beginning, working as a contributing editor since 1987. Born in Zanzibar, he left in the late 1960s and migrated to Britain. His first novel Memory of Departure, was published in 1987 and was quickly followed by Pilgrim’s Way…

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Lyn Innes

Lyn Innes

Advisory Board

Lyn Innes is Emeritus Professor of Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Born and educated in Australia, she moved to North America and developed her interest in cultural nationalism, focusing on Irish, African, African American and Caribbean literatures. At the University…

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Maya Jaggi

Maya Jaggi

Advisory Board

Maya Jaggi was formerly Literary Editor of Third World Quarterly. She is a well known and highly respected feature writer and lead reviewer on international literature for The Guardian. She has written widely for publications including the TLS, The Observer, Financial Times and Index on Censorship a…

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Louis James

Louis James

Advisory Board

Louis James is now Emeritus Professor at the University of Kent, Canterbury. In the 1960s he taught at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and published widely in the fields of Victorian, Modern and Caribbean literature. His publications include Jean Rhys (1978), Fiction for the Working Man…

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David Johnson

David Johnson

Advisory Board

David Johnson is senior lecturer at the Open University in English Literature. His publications include Shakespeare and South Africa (1996), Jurisprudence: A South African Perspective (principal author, 2001), A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures in English (co-editor, 2005) and Twenti…

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Stephanie Jones

Stephanie Jones

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Stephanie Jones is a lecturer at the University of Southampton where she teaches maritime and postcolonial literatures and works more broadly in the field of Indian Ocean studies, and the inter-discipline of law and literature. She has published on literatures from East Africa and the South Asian di…

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Tabish Khair

Tabish Khair

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Tabish Khair was educated mostly in Bihar, India. After working as a journalist for The Times of India in Delhi, he joined academia in Denmark via the usual immigrant process of washing dishes, painting houses etc. His publications include the studies, Babu Fictions (2001) and The Gothic, Postcoloni…

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Jean Khalfa

Jean Khalfa

Advisory Board

Jean Khalfa joined the Wasafiri Board in 2004 and in 2005 edited a special issue on the Algerian activist, writer and psychiatrist Frantz Fanon, partly reproduced in translation in Les Temps Modernes, of which Khalfa is an editor. Khalfa lectures in the Department of French at Trinity College, Cambr…

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Mimi Khalvati

Mimi Khalvati

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Mimi Khalvati was born in Tehran, Iran, grew up on the Isle of Wight and went to the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Having worked both as an actor and director in Britain and Iran, Khalvati founded Matrix, a women’s experimental theatre group and was co-founder of Theatre in Exile. Mimi Kha…

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Ranjana Khanna

Ranjana Khanna

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Ranjana Khanna is Professor of English and Director of Women’s Studies at Duke University. She works on Anglo- and Francophone postcolonial theory and literature, psychoanalysis, and feminist theory. She has published on transnational feminism, psychoanalysis, autobiography, postcolonial agency, mul…

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Gary McKeone

Gary McKeone

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Gary McKeone was Literature Director at Arts Council England from 1995-2006. Before that he worked with Field Day Theatre Company in Ireland and at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank. He is currently Chair of the Poetry Archive and the recently created Poetry Translation Centre and is al…

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Denise DeCaires Narain

Denise DeCaires Narain

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Denise DeCaires Narain is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities at the University of Sussex and has published widely on Caribbean women’s writing. Her book, Contemporary Caribbean Women’s Writing: Making Style was published in 2001 and she is currently working on a monograph on the Jamaican…

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Alastair Niven

Alastair Niven

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Alastair Niven OBE is Principal of Cumberland Lodge, Windsor and was President of English PEN from 2003 to 2007. He was former director of literature at the Arts Council of Great Britain (latterly the Arts Council of England) and the British Council. Currently chair of the Commonwealth Writers’ Priz…

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Zoe Norridge

Zoe Norridge

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Zoe Norridge is a Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature at King’s College London. Her research currently focuses on cultural responses to genocide in Rwanda. In April 2014 she curated the exhibition “Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now” for the twentieth commemoration with Mark Seal…

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Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje

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Michael Ondaatje is a writer and poet, best known for his Booker Prize winning novel, The English Patient (1992), which became an Oscar winning film in 1996, directed by Anthony Minghella. His other prose works include The Collected Words of Billy the Kid (1970), Coming Through Slaughter (1976), Run…

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Caryl Phillips

Caryl Phillips

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Caryl Phillips is an internationally acclaimed writer whose work includes novels, television documentaries, and screenplays such as the adaptation of VS Naipaul’s The Mystic Masseur, for which he won the Silver Ombu for best screenplay at the Mar Del Plata Film Festival. His many novels include The…

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Minoli Salgado

Minoli Salgado

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Minoli Salgado is a writer and academic who teaches English literature at the University of Sussex. Born in Malaysia, raised in Sri Lanka and South East Asia and educated mainly in England, she has published widely on migrant studies and diasporic literature. She is the author of Writing Sri Lanka:…

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Sukhdev Sandhu

Sukhdev Sandhu

Advisory Board

Sukhdev Sandhu joined Wasafiri’s Board in 2004 when he edited the highly regarded ‘Focus on Film’ issue (Winter 2004). Sandhu gained his doctorate from Oxford University and teaches at New York University. An award-winning film critic for the Telegraph, he also writes for London Review of Books, New…

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Hirsh Sawhney

Hirsh Sawhney

Advisory Board

Hirsh Sawhney was joined the Wasafiri board in 2006. He is the editor of Delhi Noir, an anthology of brand-new fiction published by Akashic Books and HarperCollins India. He regularly writes for the Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian and is a Contributing Editor for The Brooklyn Rail. An adj…

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Bapsi Sidhwa

Bapsi Sidhwa

Advisory Board

Bapsi Sidhwa is one of Pakistan’s most prominent English fiction writers. In 1991, she was the recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest honour and in 1998 her novel Cracking India (1991, originally published as Ice Candy Man in 1988) was adapted into the film, Earth, by renowned filmmaker De…

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Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Ngugi wa Thiong’o

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Ngugi wa Thiong’o is one of Kenya’s best known novelists and activists who campaigns for ‘cultural decolonisation’ in Africa’s educational institutions and the promotion of African languages — the subject of many of his essays including those that appear in Decolonising the Mind (1986) and Moving th…

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Marina Warner

Marina Warner

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Marina Warner CBE is an eminent and prolific cultural critic and writer. Her non-fiction publications include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (1976), Monuments and Maidens: The Allegory of the Female Form (1985), which won the Fawcett Book Prize, Signs and Wonders: Ess…

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Karen McCarthy Woolf

Karen McCarthy Woolf

Advisory Board

Karen McCarthy Woolf writes poetry, prose and radio drama. She is the editor of Bittersweet: Black Women’s Contemporary Poetry (1998) and Kin: New Fiction by Black and Asian Women (2004), both of which went on to form the basis of two nationwide tours. Her writing is published in numerous magazines…

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