J.A. Mensah is a prose and theatre writer and a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of York. She was a Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Centre for Applied Human Rights and her plays have been produced by Pilot Theatre in York and Live Theatre in Newcastle, among others. Her short stories have appeared in The Book of Newcastle (Comma Press), New Narratives for the North East (New Writing North), and Test Signal (Dead Ink and Bloomsbury). Her debut novel, Castles from Cobwebs (Saraband), was longlisted for the 2021 Desmond Elliott Prize and won the inaugural NorthBound Book Award. Prior to her academic roles she worked in the arts and cultural sector in creative, project management and governance roles for organisations including Helix Arts, Arts Council England, and Brixton House (formerly Ovalhouse Theatre).