SuAndi is a writer, poet and arts practitioner born and raised in Manchester by a Liverpool Irish mother and a Nigerian Ijaw father. Since joining the arts she has taken up every opportunity to expand her skills; this has been particular to her role as the Freelance Cultural Director of National Black Arts Alliance as […]

Ardizzone, Sarah

Sarah is a translator of diverse French-speaking voices. Her work spans literary fiction for all ages, as well as memoir, hip-hop lyrics, graphic novels and picture books. Authors include Faïza Guène, Gaël Faye, Alain Mabanckou, Daniel Pennac and Alexandre Dumas. She has twice received the Scott Moncrieff prize and the Marsh award. In 2022 she […]

Astor, Lucy

Lucy established the Encore Award in 1990 as a prize to honour the best second novel of the year. The award has been managed by the RSL since 2016 and has recently risen to £15,000 with £1,000 to be awarded to all four of its shortlisted books. Lucy is hugely proud of all the prize’s […]

Basu De Sarkar, Sanchita

Sanchita is the owner of the Children’s Bookshop in Muswell Hill, which was awarded the double accolade of Children’s Bookseller of the Year and Book Retailer of the Year at the British Book Awards 2024. It is the oldest running children’s bookshop in the country. Sanchita has previously been a judge for the Costa Book […]

Coady, Frances

Frances has spent over 40 years in publishing, first as an editor and publisher in London where she worked with many authors including with Lorrie Moore, Caryl Phillips, Edward Said, Deborah Levy, Salman Rushdie and John Pilger, and founded Vintage paperbacks. In 2000 she moved to New York where she relaunched and redefined Picador USA […]

Collinge, Geraldine

Geraldine is CEO of Compton Verney, Britain’s leading art space in a park. Prior to this she spent twelve years as a Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company, changing the RSC’s relationship with artists, audiences and the community. She is particularly proud of leading the £4.5m Swan Wing capital project and a series of events […]

Gee, Sue

SUE GEE is an acclaimed and established novelist and short story writer. Her novels include The Hours of the Night (1995) which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, The Mysteries of Glass, long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2005, and most recently Trio (2016). Her new book, Just You and the Page: Encounters […]

Hannah, Lucy

Lucy is founder and director of Untold Narratives, a development programme for writers marginalised by community or conflict. A social entrepreneur, editor and author, she has worked with writers in the UK and worldwide to develop and promote their work. Other initiatives Lucy has established include Commonwealth Writers, Out of the Gate and BBC Writers. […]

Malcolm, Claire

Claire is the founder and CEO of New Writing North, the writing development organisation for the North of England. New Writing North produces major literary awards and prizes, festivals and events and programmes to support writers from underrepresented backgrounds to access the writing industries through projects such as the Northern Writers’ Awards and A Writing […]

McNicol, Jean

Jean has worked for the London Review of Books since 1987, starting as an editorial assistant, and was for many years the paper’s deputy editor before taking over the editorship with Alice Spawls in 2021.

Wack, Amy

Amy grew up in Southern California. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University in New York and worked for over 30 years as Poetry Editor for Seren Books, based in Wales, and was Director of the Cardiff Poetry Festival. Her own poems have appeared in Long Poem magazine, New Welsh Review, Poetry […]