Moniza Alvi was born in Pakistan and grew up in Hertfordshire. Her collections include The Country at My Shoulder (1993), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and the Whitbread poetry prizes and selected for the Poetry Society’s ‘New Generation Poets’ promotion), Europa (2008) and At the Time of Partition (2013) both also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot prize. She is working on a new collection, provisionally called Intermediaries. Moniza received a Cholmondeley Award in 2002. She lives in Wymondham where she tutors for the Poetry School. Website: http://www.moniza.co.uk/
Dani Redd is in her second year of a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. She is a short story writer who has has been commended in various competitions, such as the Glasswoman Prize. In 2014 she won Words & Women’s inaugural short fiction competition, and was shortlisted again in 2016. She is now working on her first novel, Bodeg, set on a fictional island in the Arctic Circle. This was begun whilst attending an art residency at the Old Schoolhouse, Hrisey, an island off the north coast of Iceland.
Sharlene Teo is a PhD student at UEA. She was the 2012 recipient of the Booker Foundation Scholarship, the 2013 David TK Wong Fellowship and the 2014 Sozopol Fiction Fellowship. Her work has appeared in places such as Esquire, Magma Poetry and The Penny Dreadful. Her first novel, Ponti, is currently shortlisted for the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writer’s Award.