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After working at Penguin and Faber, Farhana spent a dozen years at BBC Worldwide, joining as a copywriter and rising through the ranks to become Creative Director. After study leave in Paris in 2010, she became editor of the monthly web magazine Untitled Books, which she ran until December 2012 whilst completing an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck. She combines freelance copywriting with completing a collection of short stories.
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Mark has worked as a copywriter and in-house creative at Penguin Books and Fourth Estate, and is a freelance writer/editor on a wide range of fiction, general non-fiction, photography books and artists’ catalogues as well as for TV, film and travel clients. Prior to the launch of Bookanista he worked as literary editor at The Drawbridge and currently interviews and reviews for a variety of print and online publications.
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After completing her PhD in English Literature, Lucy taught in the English and History departments at Goldsmiths. She is now a literary critic, and has contributed to publications including Critical Quarterly and The Sunday Times. She currently writes for the Daily Beast, the Independent, the National, the Observer and the TLS. Lucy also teaches courses at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and works as a freelance editor.
Alex writes book reviews and features for the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Telegraph. She has also written for the Guardian, the Financial Times, the TLS, the Daily Mail and Untitled Books.
Fiona completed an MA in Politics and Literary Criticism at Wits University, Johannesburg, and recently an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck. Having spent much of her childhood in a local library, she found her way back to books after long diversions through academia, NGOs and financial markets in South Africa and the UK. She has been a book reviewer for Writer’s Hub and enjoys big American books and small strange fables. Her debut novel Midwinter is published by Corsair.
After graduating, Katherine joined The Daily Telegraph as a sports feature writer before taking up a post in BBC Production. From trainee to Creative Director she has worked on many high-profile campaigns around the world, promoting television programmes, channel launches and live events. She now runs her own production company Ratchet Films with Tim French.
Karin was born in West Virginia and raised in an Air Force family, growing up on military bases around the US and overseas. She lives in London with her two children and recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. Her debut novel Bone Dust White will be published in the US by Minotaur Books in May 2014.
Mika is an independent scholar, translator, editor and illustrator. She has a doctorate in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and lives and works in London. She is passionate about good books, old and new, for the young and for the old; also about old-fashioned presses, smelling of paper and ink. She has recently translated A Tale without a Name by Penelope Delta, Pockety by Florence Seyvos, The Adventures of Hermes, God of Thieves by Murielle Szac and illustrated The Whale that Fell in Love with a Submarine by Akiyuki Nosaka all for Pushkin Press.
Brett, a.k.a. Mat Treiber, grew up in Montreal with an American father and a British mother and currently lives in Herefordshire with his wife and daughter. Fronting the Mat Treiber Group, he has played energetic, bluesy rock ’n’ roll in venues from Los Angeles to London. His other great passion is writing fiction, and his short stories and other writings have appeared in The New Plains Review, Sleet Magazine and The Impressment Gang.
Contributing editor and events manager
Emma is a former arts publicist and a literary night host. She worked in book publishing for six years, including stints at Simon & Schuster and Random House, and with co-conspirators Lija Kresowaty and Jean Edelstein she ran the monthly literary party night The Book Stops Here for two years. She contributes reviews and blogs, and is making plans for a Bookanista literary salon.
New voices editor
Charlotte’s short fiction has appeared in The Mechanics’ Institute Review and on Untitled Books. Always passionate about literature, she devoted herself to writing full-time in 2010 after practising law. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck and was awarded the Dissertation of the Year prize for her work, which formed the foundations of a first novel. She is interested in inspiring creativity and developing talent in new writers.
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Marketing & sponsorship
Grant graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies degree from Rhodes University, South Africa, and after a short stint writing radio news bulletins for the public service broadcaster was asked to work on a groundbreaking 10-hour television series as stills photographer and unit publicist. Thereafter followed various PR and Marketing roles in South Africa before he was offered a position as Head of Marketing for BBC Worldwide’s Sales & Distribution division and then Head of Marketing and Communications at Impossible Pictures. He now freelances on a number of different projects.
Site architect and designer
Miguel is a human browser with a track record of developing creative and conceptual websites for clients across Europe. With a finger on the pulse of web trends and digital innovations across books, film and TV, he’ll be commenting on interactive design for the e-reader generation as he expands and develops the Bookanista site.
Yvey has worked in graphics for over 18 years, designing a variety of printed media including brochures, book jackets, DVD and CD sleeves, adverts, catalogues and logos. An avid reader and creative commentator, Yvey will be reporting on cover art, interactive design and visual trends alongside ongoing art direction for Bookanista.