London, UK – Malika Booker is a British writer, poet and multi-disciplinary artist of Guyanese and Grenadian Parentage. Her poems are widely published in anthologies and journals including: The African Caribbean Folio (RaedleafPoetry India, 2015), Bayou Magazine (Issue 60, 2013) Ten New Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010), The India International Journal 2005, The Penguin Anthology of Black British Writing (Penguin, 2000), and Bittersweet Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry (The Woman’s Press, 1998). She has represented British writing internationally, both independently and with The British Council in: Slovenia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Russia, and Azerbaijan and was Hampton Court Palace’s Writer in Residence in 2004. Malika is the founder of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, a writer’s collective for beginning and emerging poets. Her first stage work Absolution was commissioned by The Austrian Cultural Institute and Apples & Snakes and toured nationally. She has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths University. Breadfruit was published by flippedeye in 2007 and recommended by the Poetry Society and her poetry collection Pepper Seed was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2013 and longlisted for the OCM Bocas 2014 prize. Pepper Seed was also shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre prize for first full collection 2014. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and was inaugural Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Malika is currently the Cultural Fellow in Creative Writing at Leeds University.