Usma Malik is a Narratologist and educator at the University of Manchester. Born in Birmingham, she worked in Education before moving to Manchester to study. She was awarded a Distinction in the Creative Writing MA at the University of Manchester, and went on to study the PhD in Creative Writing, awarded 2018. She is currently working on her first novel. Usma is also the 2019 inaugural Artist in Residence at the John Rylands Research Institute.