Robert Antoni was born in America of Trinidadian parents and grew up largely in the Bahamas. He is the author of five books: Divina Trace, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel in 1992, Blessed is the Fruit, My Grandmother’s Erotic Folktales, Carnival, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book in 2005 and As Flies to Whatless Boys, for which he was the recipient of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship, winner of the 2014 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015. His latest novel, Cut Guavas, was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2018. Robert holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University, an MFA and PhD from the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches in the graduate writing program at The New School University. For more information, please visit www.robertantoni.com
Yvonne Battle-Felton was born in Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey. She moved to Maryland and is currently living in Lancaster with her family. Yvonne holds an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing and Creative Industries at Sheffield Hallam University. Yvonne is a co-founder and Director of North West Literary Arts. Her debut novel, Remembered, won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2017. It was published in 2019 by Dialogue Books and is longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019. An US edition is forthcoming from Blackstone Publishing. Yvonne writes fiction for children as well and her short story, So Your Mom is a Superhero, was commended for the Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize in 2017. For more information, please visit http://www.yvonnebattle-felton.com/
Vanessa Bolosier was born in Guadeloupe to a Guadeloupian mother and Martiniquan father. Vanessa moved to Europe when she was seventeen and worked as a model for seven years while studying Marketing and Publishing. In 2011, she founded Carib Gourmet, a company specialising in luxury Caribbean food and confectionery. Vanessa has won two Great Taste Awards for Coco Gourmand, her brand of coconut sweets. Vanessa has been featured in Conde Nast Traveller and the Guardian Cook supplement. Her first cookery book, Creole Kitchen, was published by Pavilion Books in June 2015, and published in France by Editions Solar and in Holland by Veltman in 2016. It was named Best Gastronomic Book by Creole Culinary Arts in 2018. She is currently working on a new cookery book, Arawak. Vanessa lives in London. For further information, please visit www.carib-gourmet.com
Laura Bui is a criminologist and educator at the University of Manchester. She was born in California and studied psychology in the US before coming to the UK to complete a PhD in criminology at the University of Cambridge. Her fiction on the Vietnamese diaspora received a Northern Writers’ Award and won Writing on the Wall’s Pulp Idol in 2017. She is the co-author of Crime in Japan: A Psychological Perspective, which will be published in May 2019 by Palgrave Macmillan. Laura is currently working on her first novel.
Emmanuella Akuyo Dekonor was born in Ghana and moved to the UK when she was six years old. She is a freelance government policy and PR consultant and has worked for a range of companies in the healthcare field. She holds a BA in Economics and French, an MBA with a specialism in international business and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck University. She was a finalist in Myriad Editions First Draft Competition 2018 and is currently working on the completion of her novel Soul Boy. Emmanuella lives in north London.
Anthony Joseph was born in Trinidad. He lectures in creative writing at Birkbeck College and holds a PhD in Creative and Life writing from Goldsmiths College. He is the Colm Toibin Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Liverpool. Anthony is the author of four poetry collections: Desafinado, Teragaton, Bird Head Son and Rubber Orchestras. He has also written three novels, The African Origins of UFOs, Kitch, published by Peepal Tree Press in 2018 and The Frequency of Magic forthcoming in 2019. Kitch is shortlisted for The Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019. In 2012 he represented Trinidad and Tobago at the Poetry Parnassus Festival on London’s South Bank. He performs internationally as the lead vocalist for his band The Spasm Band. He lives in London. For more information, please visit www.anthonyjoseph.co.uk
Zoë Meager was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland. In 2013 she won the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, Pacific Region, for her story ‘Things with faces’. Her writing has appeared in various online and print journals and her work has been shortlisted in The New Guard, Momaya Press and Highlands and Islands short story contests. She is currently working on a collection of short stories. For more information, please visit http://zoemeager.com/
Irenosen Okojie was born in Nigeria and moved to England aged eight. A freelance Arts Project Manager, she has previously worked at Apples & Snakes as the National Development Coordinator and for The Caine Prize as a Publicity Officer for their 10th Anniversary Tour. Appointed to the Royal Society of Literature as a Fellow in 2018, her short stories have been published in the US, Africa and the UK. Her first novel, Butterfly Fish, was published in 2015 and for which she was a recipient of a 2016 Betty Trask Award. Her short story collection, Speak Gigantular, was published in 2016. It was shortlisted for the 2016 inaugural Jhalak Prize and the 2017 Edge Hill Short Story Prize. The story ‘Animal Parts’ was nominated for a 2016 Shirley Jackson Award. Her short story, ‘Synsepalum’, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 to celebrate the BBC National Short Story Award 2018. A new collection of short stories, Nudibranch, due in 2019, and a novel, Curandera, will be published by Dialogue Books. For more information, please visit www.irenosenokojie.com
Yewande Omotoso was born in Barbados. She grew up in Nigeria and moved to South Africa in 1992. Yewande trained as an architect. After completing a Masters degree in Creative Writing, her debut novel Bom Boy was published in 2011 by Modjaji Books and in the US and Canada in 2019 by Catalyst Press. It won the 2012 South African Literary Award for First-Time Published Author, was shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Fiction Prize in South Africa as well as the M-Net Literary Awards 2012. Yewande was shortlisted for the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature and a winner of the Africa Centre’s Artists in Residency Programme in 2014. Her second novel, The Woman Next Door, was shortlisted for the 2017 University of Johannesburg Prize for South African Literature, the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize and the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award. It was longlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and was finalist in 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction. It was published by Chatto & Windus in 2016, and by Picador in the US, Ullstein in Germany and De Geus in Holland in 2017 and by 66th and 2nd in Italy in 2018. It was published by Zoe Editions in France in 2019 and a Korean edition is forthcoming. She is currently working on a new novel. Yewande lives in Johannesburg.
Troy Onyango is a Kenyan writer and lawyer. His work has appeared in Ebedi Review, AFREADA, Kalahari Review, Brittle Paper, Cosmonauts Avenue, Afridiaspora and Transition. In 2016, his short story ‘The Transfiguration’ was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and another short story ‘For What Are Butterflies Without Their Wings?’ won the fiction prize for the inaugural Nyanza Literary Festival Prize and was shortlisted for the 2018 Brittle Paper Anniversary Award. In 2017, his non-fiction piece ‘This Is How It Ends’ was shortlisted for the inaugural Brittle Paper Award for Nonfiction. He is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia where he is a recipient of the Miles Morland Foundation Scholarship. He is working on his debut novel.
Anna Richell was born in the north of England and lived in various locations before settling in London. She graduated from Bournemouth University with a First Class degree in Product Design, and an MA in Sustainable Design. She is an innovation strategist and designer, of sorts. Anna has over twenty years global experience and began her career in design and innovation working for clients such as the NHS, UK Police Authority, Business Link, and Dyson. She became a Design Strategist for The Design Council and then moved to Nokia Design as Head of Strategic Projects for New Business Development, before she began her freelance career. She also provides coaching and advice to leaders and change-makers looking to make a difference in the world and has worked with Oxfam, Oxford University, BUPA and UNICEF. She is currently writing her first book.
Ilmar Taska grew up in Estonia and then studied at the Moscow Film Institute. He has worked as a film producer, director and screenwriter internationally. In 1993 he established his own television company which was the first private national network in Estonia. In 2011, Ilmar made his debut into the literary world with an autobiographical novella called Better than Life (Parem kui elu). In 2014 he won the annual literature prize in Estonia for his short story Pobeda and his short story collection More Beautiful than Life (Skonare an livet) was published in Sweden. In 2016 his novel Pobeda 1946, based on the short story Pobeda, was published in Estonia to critical acclaim. It was published in Finland in 2017 by WSOY and was nominated for the Jarl Hellemann Prize for best translated novel into Finnish. It was published by Norvik Press in the UK in 2018. A Lithuanian edition is forthcoming . His short story, Apartment for Rent, was included in Best European Fiction 2016, published by Dalkey Archive Press. Ilmar works as a consultant for House of Film and divides his time between Tallinn and Los Angeles. For more information, please visit http://ilmartaska.edicypages.com/
Stephanie Victoire was born in London to a French-Creole Mauritian family. In 2010 she graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from London Metropolitan University. Her short story collection, The Other World, It Whispers, was published by Salt in 2016 and was longlisted for the 2017 Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Her story, ‘Memento Mori’, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2017. Stephanie lives in London and runs workshops focussing on creative writing inspired by other mediums and has a keen interest in subjects such as mysticism, the occult, ancestry, native spirituality and cultural traditions. She is currently working on a new book, Wise Women Free. For more information, please visit http://www.stephanievictoire.com/
Nadine Wild-Palmer was born and raised in south London. She has a Masters in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex and currently works as a continuity announcer for Channel 4, E4 and Together. Her debut children’s novel The Tunnels Below will be published by Pushkin Press in April 2019 and her poetry is due for publication in an anthology for Ladybird. Nadine is working on a novella and a series for young adults. For more information, please visit www.nadinewildpalmer.co.uk