Lucy Popescu is a writer and editor with a background in human rights. She is a former director of English PEN's Writers in Prison Committee and co-edited the PEN anthology Another Sky.
She is also the author of The Good Tourist,
about human rights and ethical travel, and edited the anthologies A Country to Call Home
and A Country of Refuge
about the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers. She is a volunteer mentor with Write to Life, Freedom from Tortures refugee writing group.
Sita Brahmachari writes novels, plays and short stories. She will be reading from and talking about her latest children's novel, Where The River Runs Gold. In 2011 she won The Waterstones Children's Book Prize for her debut novel Artichoke Hearts. Her subsequent four novels, Jasmine Skies, Kite Spirit, Red Leaves and Tender Earth have been variously nominated for The Carnegie Prize, UKLA book award, and endorsed by The Reading Agency and Amnesty International UK. Sita has contributed to various anthologies including Here I Stand for Amnesty and I'll Be Home for Christmas. Sita's plays include Lyrical MC and The Arrival (Tamasha Theatre Company). She is currently Writer in Residence at Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants and an Amnesty Ambassador. In 2018 she received the UK Honour for her novel Tender Earth from The International Board of Books for Young People.
Christy Lefteri was brought up in London, the daughter of Cypriot refugees. She holds a PhD in creative writing, and teaches creative writing at Brunel University. She will be reading from and talking about The Beekeeper of Aleppo born out of her time working as a volunteer at a Unicef supported refugee centre in Athens.
Dina Nayeri was born in Iran and moved to America at the age of ten. She is a winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, and the O. Henry Prize. Her stories and essays have been published by, among others, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Granta, the Atlantic and Vice. She is also the author of the novels A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea and Refuge and lives in London. She will be reading from and talking about The Ungrateful Refugee, her first book of non-fiction.