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Kimberly McIntosh

Kimberly McIntosh is a writer and researcher and is currently Senior Policy and Research Officer at Child Poverty Action Group. Previously, she was Senior Policy Officer at The Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank, where she published extensively on race and inequality. She has written opinion and lifestyle pieces for a range of publications including the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Independent and the Metro, and has discussed her work on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze, BBC News and Sky News. Kimberly is the love and dating columnist at gal-dem, a new media publication committed to telling the stories of women and non-binary people of colour.

Elleke Boehmer

Elleke Boehmer is a writer, historian and critic. She is the author and editor of just under twenty books, including Stories of Women (2005), Postcolonial Poetics (2018), and a widely translated biography of Nelson Mandela (2008). Indian Arrivals 1870-1915: Networks of British Empire (2015) was the winner of the biennial ESSE 2015-16 Prize. To the volcano is her second collection of short stories, following Sharmilla, and other Portraits (2010). Her five novels include Screens against the Sky (1990), Bloodlines (2000), and The Shouting in the Dark (2015). She is professor of world literature in English at the University of Oxford, UK, and the Director of the Life Writing Centre at Wolfson College.

Nick Makoha

Nick Makoha was Shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection for his debut poetry collection Kingdom of Gravity. He is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and Complete Works Alumni. He won the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry prize and is the 2016 winner of the Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection Man. His poems appeared in The New York Times, Poetry Review, Rialto, Poetry London, Triquarterly Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, and Wasafiri. He is a Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Goldsmiths  working to create an in depth online digital archive of the Metic experiences of Black British Writers.

Find him at www.nickmakoha.com .

Rehana Ahmed

Rehana Ahmed is Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial and Contemporary Literature at Queen Mary University of London. Her research and teaching interests are in British Asian, black British, Muslim and South Asian writing, and her recent work has explored contemporary literary representations of multicultural Britain, with a particular focus on class, faith and place.

She is the author of Writing British Muslims: Religion, Class and Multiculturalism (Manchester University Press, 2015) and of articles in Wasafiri, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing and Race & Class; and the co-editor of South Asian Resistances in Britain, 1858-1947 (Continuum, 2011), Culture, Diaspora, and Modernity in Muslim Writing (Routledge, 2012) and, most recently, a special issue of The Journal of Commonwealth Literature on ‘British Culture after 9/11’ (2018).

Melanie Abrahams

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 the BBC on spoken word projects including ‘Facing Leicester Square’, a revisiting of James Baldwin’s Another Country, and ‘Back Home’, an email story chain featuring Ali Smith, Ama Ata Aidoo, Gary Younge, Romesh Gunesekera and other writers.

Melanie Abrahams joined the Wasafiri Board in 2001.

Ashok Bery

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 (edited with Patricia Murray). His most recent publication is Cultural Translation and Postcolonial Poetry (2007) and he is currently working on recent Indian poetry in English and on the literature of the Partition.

He has been a Wasafiri Board member since 1995.

Margaret Busby

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 and broadcaster, and has served as a judge for many literary awards, including the Orange Prize, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Caine Prize for African Writing.

She edited Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writing by Women of African Descent (1992), has contributed to many publications and written drama for BBC radio and for the stage. Margaret is also an ardent campaigner for diversity in publishing, co-founding GAP (Greater Access to Publishing) in the 1980s. She is currently patron of Independent Black Publishers (IBP) and a member of the Arts Council’s Diversity in Publishing steering group.

Amit Chaudhuri

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, Literature and Culture (2008), the collection of poetry, St Cyril Road and Other Poems (2005) and the volume of short stories Real Time (2002). Earlier novels such as A Strange and Sublime Address (1991) and Afternoon Raag (1993) won various prizes including the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book and the Southern Arts Literature Prize.

Also a practising musician, he is currently a Professor in Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia and has been on the Advisory board of Wasafiri since 2006. Visit Amit’s site.

David Dabydeen

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 Dabydeen’s interest in art history after he published his long poem Turner (1994), which revisits Turner’s painting The Slave Ship. In 2004 he received the Raja Rao Award for Literature and in 2008 he published his latest novel, Molly and the Muslim Stick, receiving in the same year the Anthony Sabga Prize for Literature.

He has written and presented for radio and television and is also Guyana’s Ambassador-at-Large and a member of UNESCO’s executive board. He currently teaches at the University of Warwick where he is Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies. Dabydeen has been an active supporter of Wasafiri since 1985.