Marcelle Mateki Akita is a freelance writer, producer and literature programmer. She is lead producer of the Royal African Society‘s Africa Writes festival hosted at the British Library, and lead producer and programmer for Bernie Grant Arts Centre‘s Tottenham Literature Festival.
She previously worked for the Caine Prize for African Writing as Web Content Editor. In 2014 she co-founded Afrikult. – a literary organisation that seeks to widen access to African literatures – before stepping down in 2019. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the Morland Writing Scholarships.
In 2020 she has two children’s books coming out with Hodder Education’s Reading Planet Rising Stars series (Hachette UK), and is Producer for SPINE 2020 festival with Apples & Snakes. SPINE Festival 2020 is for 0 – 18 years hosted in libraries across 17 London boroughs and explores the themes of the environment and climate change with ‘Our World’. She is Creative Producer for ‘Toni Morrison: A Celebration‘ at WOW – Women of the World Festival 2020 and Project Manager for SHaME (Sexual Harm and Medical Encounters)‘s Shameless! festival for The WOW Foundation.
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).
Her work has appeared in National Theatre’s News Views, University of Hull’s CultureNet: Writer of the Moment, Adinkra Magazine, Ain’t I a Woman Collective, AFREADA, Aké Review, Black Fly Zine and Writivism’s anthology, Unbreakable Bonds. Her debut collection Lizard & Other Stories was published in December 2016. 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).
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