Judith is an author and illustrator who fled from Nazi Germany as a child and went on to publish award-winning autobiographical novels for children about her experiences.
Nadifa is a Somali-born novelist whose books have been shortlisted for prestigious awards including the Guardian First Book Award.
Vesna is a travel writer, journalist, and author of ‘Bluebird: a Memoir’.
al-Saddiq is one of the leading African poets writing in Arabic. He writes about his native Sudan.
Marina is an author whose first book, A short history of tractors in Ukrainian, sold over a million copies worldwide.
George Szirtes is a painter-turned-poet originally from Hungary who writes about England and Englishness as well as his Hungarian origins in his poetry and translation work.
Writing, for Gillian Slovo, is best described as a process of interrogation into what happens when individual lives are caught up in political events – her latter works explore her experience as the daughter of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa.
Hamid is a poet and author from Uzbekistan, and Writer in Residence at the BBC’s World Service.