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H Ola Awonubi

H Balvinder Singh Banga

Ola Awonubi studied for an MA in creative

Balvinder Singh Banga is the child of first

writing and Imaginative Practice at the

generation immigrants who settled in inner

University of East London. In 2008 her short

city Birmingham. He read law at Cambridge,

story ‘The Pink House’ won the National Words

the first in his family to go university. Since

of Colour Competition; another story, ‘The

then, he has worked at the London bar and in

Go-Slow Journey’, won the 2009 Wasafiri

post-war Bosnia with the army among others.

New Writing Prize. Some of her short stories feature on blogs and in journals

He is the author of an unpublished novel, Land Without Sorrow, and has been

and anthologies such as African writing.com, Story Time, The Ake Review,

published in various journals, including South Asian Popular Culture, Cha: An

TheSiren.co.uk, The Woven Tale Press and, more recently, Brittle Paper. Her

Asian Literary Journal, Litro and Wasafiri. Two of his short stories will soon

novel, Love’s Persuasion, was published by Ankara Press, the romance imprint

feature in anthologies by Cinnamon and Comma Press. His writing draws heavily

of Cassava Press. Her second book for the imprint, I love You Unconditionally,

on his family’s heritage and the places that refuse to leave him. He currently

was published recently. She is currently working on a collection of short stories

lives in London but soon intends to settle in a small town in India.

based on the African experience in the diaspora.


www.olaawonubi.com/ Twitter @createandwrite


H Biyi Bandele

H Francesca Beard

Biyi Bandele is a director, screenwriter,

Francesca Beard is a London-based,

playwright and novelist. He directed and

Malaysian-born writer who has been called

wrote the screenplay for the feature film Half

‘The Queen of British performance poetry’ by

of a Yellow Sun (2013), based on the novel by

London Metro. She performs and workshops

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Born in 1967 in

across the UK and represents the best of

Nigeria, Bandele left home at 14. He studied

British live literature around the world with

drama at the University of Ile-Ife, where his play Rain won him a scholarship to

the British Council. She’s been poet in residence at The Barbican, the BBC

London. In 1997, he adapted Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart for stage and in

White City, The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kingston Library,

1999 wrote an adaptation of Aphra Benn’s Oroonoko. Bandele’s novels The Man

the Natural history Museum and The Metropolitan Police and has written for

Who Came In From The Back of Beyond and The Sympathetic Undertaker and

The Royal Court, The Young Vic and BBC Radios 3 and 4. Her first solo show,

Other Dreams were published in 1991, followed by The Street (1999) and Burma

Chinese Whispers, produced by Apples and Snakes, was ground-breaking in its

Boy (2007). The Independent has named him one of Africa’s 50 greatest artists.

approach to performance poetry as a cross-arts form. She is currently working

He lives in London.

on a new one woman show, How to Survive a Post-Truth Apocalypse.

www.wylieagency.com/clients.html Twitter @biyibandele

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