Marcelle Mateki Akita is an author, producer and literature programmer. She produces the Royal African Society‘s Africa Writes festival hosted at the British Library, Bernie Grant Arts Centre‘s Tottenham Literature Festival and Apples & Snakes’s SPINE Festival.

She previously worked for the Caine Prize for African Writing and co-founded Afrikult. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the Morland Writing Scholarships. Her children’s books are published by Rising Stars (Hachette UK). She creatively produced ‘Toni Morrison: A Celebration‘ and project managed Shameless! Festival Activism Against Sexual Violence for The WOW Foundation.

In 2021, she is one of the judges for Flash Fiction Ghana’s ‘A 1000 for 1000 Writing Prize‘ and has a forthcoming children’s non-fiction book on Black history with Rising Stars (Hachette UK).

She is currently working on two novel manuscripts and a children’s adventure series with her brother; and lives in London while frequenting Accra (and soon, Nairobi aka Nairobae).

Marcelle founded matekiwrites as a blog in 2016 to explore themes of healing, self-discovery and creative writing. Though no longer running as a blog like it once was, Marcelle shares some of her musings on Instagram (but now on a social media break).

For event bookers, please find the official biography and headshot here.

Literary agent: kemi@thegoodliteraryagency.org.

General queries: hello@matekiwrites.com


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Beulah Davina is a natural hair blogger, cartoonist and photographer born in London and currently living in Bristol.

Her natural hair blog, The Creamy Crack Rehab, is an online space dedicated to celebrating the aesthetic of natural hair and the humour within the natural hair community.

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