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Christine Archer

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 as a business leader, leadership consultant and executive coach and facilitator. Her clients include many Whitehall civil service departments and their agencies, not for profit organisations as well as the music management industry.

Christine grew up in Kenya, studied in Britain and lives between London and rural France.  

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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 and Turkey.

Her former roles include head of the British Council’s arts programme in Mexico, deputy director of British Council Vietnam with East Asia-wide leadership of vocational skills training, and work in South Sudan. More recently she has lead the operations of the British Council's global arts programme, specialising in arts evaluation to show the impact of work in arts and cultural relations.

Kate began her career managing Europe-wide projects at the Foreign Policy Centre and British Council Brussels on themes of democracy, diversity, inclusion, soft power, and Britain’s role in Europe. She speaks three languages. 

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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 History (Routledge, 2006). She is co-editor, with Michael A Bucknor, of The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature (Routledge, 2011). A Founding Editor of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, she is on the editorial boards of Journal of West Indian Literature and MaComere. She is currently working towards a monograph Caribbean Queer. Alison joined the Wasafiri board in 2011.
 Gabriel Gbadamosi
Gabriel Gbadamosi is a poet, playwright, essayist and broadcaster. His London novel, Vauxhall, won the 2011 Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize. He was AHRC Creative and Performing Arts Fellow in European and African performance at the Pinter Centre, Goldsmiths, and a Judith E. Wilson Fellow for creative writing at Cambridge University. He presented Art Beat on the World Service and Night Waves on BBC Radio 3. Book collaborations with visual artists include Sun-Shine, Moonshine with Conroy/Sanderson and The Second Life of Shells with Mandy Bonnell. Plays include Eshu’s Faust (Jesus College, Cambridge), Shango (DNA, Amsterdam), Hotel Orpheu (Schaubühne, Berlin) and for radio The Long, Hot Summer of ’76 (BBC Radio 3) which won the first Richard Imison Award. He lives in London most recently as Royal Literary Fund Fellow at City & Guilds of London Art School.
Rachel Holmes 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 currently shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize. She is also the author of The Hottentot Venus: The life and death of Saartjie Baartman and The Secret Life of Dr James Barry. Holmes co-edited, with Lisa Appignanesi and Susie Orbach, their much-discussed Fifty Shades of Feminism. In 2010 she received an Arts Council cultural leadership award as one of Britain’s Fifty Women to Watch. She is one of the 80-strong Writers at Liberty focused on supporting the Liberty campaign to save our Human Rights Act.
Aamer Hussein 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 Tree (2009). He is a well-known reviewer and literary critic and has been a member of the Wasafiri Board since 1994. Aamer has also published translations of Urdu poetry and fiction in English and was one of the judges in 2002 of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize amongst others. In 2000 he edited Hoops of Fire: Fifty Years of Fiction by Pakistani Women (2000), amplified and updated as Kahani (2005). Aamer is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Senior Lecturer in the Department English at the University of Southampton. Visit his webpage at
 Martin Soames

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 commissioning editor at Penguin where he published fiction and non-fiction, with a particular emphasis on political and travel books, as well as running the Modern Classics list. As a result of becoming more interested in legal problems than editorial challenges he qualified as a lawyer and now advises a range of clients including book and magazine publishers, news organisations and providers of online content. Martin has a strong interest in writing and freedom of expression through his publishing and legal work.

 Rukhsana Yasmin Rukhsana Yasmin comes from a science background, having studied physics and radiation physics, but her love of literature brought her to publishing in 2007. She started as a Diversity in Publishing Trainee after publication of the ‘In Full Colour’ report, which highlighted the lack of diversity in publishing. She has worked as an editor and commissioning editor at Profile and Saqi Books and has several years of publishing experience in both UK and international writing. In 2012 she was awarded the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for Women in Publishing and in 2014 was named a Bookseller Rising Star. She travels to Pakistan often to visit her parents; she was born in Yorkshire and now lives in London.


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