5x15 September: 5 female writers, 15 minutes
Zakiya Dalila Harris is a New York based writer. Her forthcoming novel, The Other Black Girl (Bloomsbury Publishing), is one of 2021’s most anticipated debuts. Harris’ first novel, which contends with the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of book publishing, has already been optioned by for TV by Hulu with Temple Hill Entertainment and was picked as a ‘book to look out for in 2021’ by the Guardian, i paper, Irish Times, Evening Standard, BBC.co.uk, independent.co.uk, Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Before writing The Other Black Girl, Harris spent three years at Knopf. Prior to working in publishing, she received her MFA in creative writing from the New School and she currently teaches writing to children at Writopia Lab. Her work has appeared in Guernica and she reviews for The Rumpus.
Raynor Winn is a long-distance walker and writer. Her first book The Salt Path (Penguin, 2018) which was a Sunday Times bestseller, follows Winn’s journey with her husband Moth, who was diagnosed with a terminal illness called corticobasal degeneration, as the couple head to the windswept coastline to try to find a way through homelessness, and ultimately to find themselves. The Salt Path has been optioned for a feature film adaptation by producers Llyod Levin and Beatriz Levin of Shadowplay Features along with Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley of Number 9 Films. Raynor will be working alongside both producers during the production of the film. The Wild Silence is her second book.
Hannah Rothschild is a writer and film director. Her documentary features have appeared on the BBC, HBO and at film festivals including Telluride, the London Film Festival and Sheffield. Working Title and Ridley Scott optioned her original screenplays. Her features and interviews appear in newspapers and magazines including W, Vanity Fair, The Telegraph, The Times, The New York Times, The Spectator, British and American Vogue. Her biography, The Baroness, tells the story of her great aunt Nica and Thelonious Monk and has recently been published by Virago Books. Her most recent book is a novel called The Improbability of Love published by Bloomsbury - it is a tenderly savage satire of London life and the art world.
Aja Barber is a writer, stylist and consultant with 230,000 followers on Instagram. Her work deals with the intersections of sustainability and the fashion landscape. Her debut book, Consumed: The need for collective change; colonialism, climate change & consumerism (Octopus Publishing Group, 2021), explores the endemic injustices in our consumer industries and confronts the uncomfortable history of the textile industry; one which brokered slavery, racism and today's wealth inequality.
For 31 years, Lucy Kellaway was an associate editor and columnist for the Financial Times. In her time at the FT, she also worked as energy correspondent, Brussels correspondent, a Lex writer, and interviewer of business people and celebrities. She has become best known for her satirical commentaries on the limitations of modern corporate culture. She is the author of four books. In July 2017, she left the Financial Times to retrain as a maths teacher. She is the co-founder of Teach Now, a teacher training programme for experienced career changers looking to reapply their skills to the classroom.