Agard, Sandra

Sandra A. Agard is a professional storyteller, author, tutor, playwright, literary consultant, editor and cultural historian. She has worked for over forty years in libraries as a literature development officer. She has worked in educational, cultural institutions, organisations and literary festivals throughout the UK and in the United States. Her published works include numerous books, […]

Ariaratnam, Suresh

Suresh Ariaratnam is the founder of Sprung Sultan, which represents writers from Black and Asian communities predominantly. Alongside the storyteller Jan Blake, he runs an advisory facilitating organisational change through storytelling, with a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion. He is a trustee of Bath Festivals, Theatre Royal Bath, and Literature Works South West, and […]

Alibhai-Brown, Yasmin


Yasmin Alibhai-Brown was exiled from her birthplace, Uganda, in 1972 and is a journalist, broadcaster, and author. She writes for the i newspaper and Sunday Times magazine and has written for the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail, New York Times, Time Magazine and other publications. She has won several awards including […]

Addonia, Sulaiman

Sulaiman Addonia is an Eritrean-Ethiopian-British novelist. His first novel, The Consequences of Love, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, was translated into more than 20 languages. Silence is My Mother Tongue, his second novel, was longlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2021 Firecracker Awards in Fiction, […]

Atkin, Polly

Polly Atkin is a poet and nonfiction writer, living in the English Lake District. Her first poetry collection Basic Nest Architecture (Seren: 2017) is followed by Much With Body (Seren, 2021), awarded a 2020 Northern Writers Award. Her biography Recovering Dorothy: The Hidden Life of Dorothy Wordsworth (Saraband, 2021), is the first to focus on […]

Arditti, Michael

Michael Arditti has written twelve novels and a collection of short stories. He began his professional career writing plays for the radio and stage and has worked extensively as a literary and dramatic critic.  His novels have been short- and long-listed for several major prizes.  He has been a Leverhulme artist in residence at the […]

Arshi, Mona

Mona Arshi’s  debut collection Small Hands won the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2015. Her second collection ‘Dear Big Gods’ was published in 2019 (both books published by  Liverpool University Press’s Pavilion Poetry list). Her writing has been published in The Times, The Guardian, Granta, The Yale Review  and The Times of India […]

Armitstead, Claire

Claire Armitstead is associate editor (culture) for the Guardian and Observer and a Guardian leader writer on literature and the arts. She worked for the South Wales Argus, the Hampstead & Highgate Express and the Financial Times before arriving at the Guardian in 1992, where her roles have included arts editor, literary editor and head […]