Authors & Interviewers


Somnath Batabyal, India / Great Britain

Somnath Batabyal The Price You Pay (2013):

Somnath Batabyal is the author of The Price You Pay, a political thriller set in present day Delhi. It was published in 2013 by HarperCollins India. Somnath lives in London where he teaches at the School of Oriental and African Studies.


Shamini Flint, Singapur

Shamini Flint Inspector Singh Investigates – A Calamitous Chinese Killing (2013):

Shamini Flint began her career in law in Malaysia and also worked at Linklaters in Singapore in their capital markets and corporate insolvency practice. She traveled extensively around Asia for her work, before resigning to be a stay-at-home mum, writer, part-time lecturer and environmental activist.

Her Inspector Singh Investigates novels are published by Little, Brown and have been translated into many languages including French and German. Her seventh and most recent is Inspector Singh Investigates: A Frightfully English Execution (April 2016). “It’s impossible not to warm to the portly, sweating, dishevelled, wheezing Inspector Singh …” – The Guardian, UK.


Elnathan John, Nigeria

IMG_5988 Born on a Tuesday (2016):

Elnathan John is a novelist and satirist, based in Abuja, Nigeria. His fiction was shortlisted twice for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013 and 2015. His recent novel, Born on a Tuesday, a coming of age novel about Islam, politics and culture in a turbulent time in northern Nigeria is published by Cassava Republic Press and Grove Atlantic.

Tabish Khair, India / Denmark

Tabish Khair The Thing about Thugs(2010):

Tabish Khair – born and educated in a small town in India – is a critically acclaimed author and poet whose recent novels have been shortlisted for the Encore Award (UK) and the Crossword Prize (India). He has won the All India Poetry Prize and his novels have been shortlisted for various major awards and translated into several languages. ‚The Thing About Thugs‘ was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize (2010) and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (2012). His works include ‚Where Parallel Lines Meet‘ (2000) and ‚How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position‘ (2014). At present, he teaches English at Aarhus University, Denmark. He worked as a journalist in India in the 1990s, and still contributes reviews and articles to major papers in India and abroad.


Angela Makholwa, South Africa

Angela Makholwa Red Ink (2007):

At the age of 13, Angela was elated to see her first short story published in a music and lifestyle publication called Upbeat magazine. From that moment, the bug had bitten.
Her debut novel Red Ink, a crime thriller set in Johannesburg, was published in 2009 to both public and critical acclaim. This was followed by “The 30th Candle”, a book that revolves around four university friends who navigate their way to their 30th birthdays with humorous and sometimes unexpected results.
.Angela is also a businesswoman who runs a marketing and events management company called Britespark Communications.


Yassin Musharbash, Germany

Yassin Musharbash Radikal (2011):

Yassin Musharbash is an Arabist, journalist and author. He works in the investigative department of the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, where he mainly deals with the topics of terrorism and Jihadism.
A stage version of his political thriller “Radical” was recently performed at the Stadttheater Bremerhaven.


Nii Parkes, Ghana / Great Britain

Nii Parkes Tail of the blue Bird (2009):

A 2007 recipient of Ghana’s ACRAG award for poetry and literary advocacy, Nii Ayikwei Parkes is the author of the acclaimed hybrid novel,Tail of the Blue Bird, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Prize and has since been translated into Dutch, Catalan, German, Spanish and Japanese. The French translation of the novel won the 2014 Prix Baudelaire, Prix Mahogany and Prix Laure Bataillon and was selected by leading literary magazine LIRE as the Best First Foreign Book of the year and one of the Top 20 books published in France in 2014. Nii Ayikwei’s book of poetry, The Makings of You (Peepal Tree) includes the poem Barter, which was used in the 2013 Poems on the Underground London series.

Presenters & Interviewers

Rachael Castell

Rachael Castell

Rachael Castell is an interviewer, professional MC and presenter whose early career at high levels of the creative and cultural landscape in the UK equipped her with a formidable network of cultural innovators and emerging talent, as well as insight across the creative industries. She has conducted interviews live on stage with authors and filmmakers for Cheltenham Literature Festival, the East End, London, London Short and LOCO London Comedy Film Festivals and the British Comedy Guide Conference, amongst many others.

She also works as an executive producer for The Space, a commissioning and development agency for digital art, supported by the BBC and the Arts Council in England. In addition, she designs and delivers training courses for emerging filmmakers, consults for the event cinema industry and is a musician, songwriter and comedian.

Peggy Piesche


Peggy Piesche is a literary and Cultural Studies scholar who’s work is centered in Black European Studies. Born and raised in the GDR, she studied in East and West Germany and Russia. She has published about racialized and Black Images (imagery), colonial history and collective memories, and received research grants from the Volkswagen Foundation and Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation for the interdisciplinary research project “Black Europe. History of a Forgotten Continent” (with University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Johann Gutenberg University of Mainz/ 2004-2007), where she co-founded the Center for Black European Studies. BEST was a ground breaking new academic structure focusing on Black Europe and implementing Black European Studies in Transnational Perspective into a German and European academic curriculum.

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