Adjoa Andoh is an actor, director and writer. Best known on television for Dr Who and Casualty, she can currently be seen as Lady Danbury in Netflix’s Bridgerton, and Nneneke in Netflix’s The Witcher. Adjoa is a senior associate at The Bush theatre and at the RSC. She conceived, co-directed and starred in the critically acclaimed Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe, the first all-women of colour Shakespeare production in the UK. Adjoa is a regular on BBC Radio 4 and an award-winning audiobook narrator. Adjoa is also a Fairtrade Ambassador and an eternal punk.
Catherine Cho is a literary agent and author of Inferno: A Memoir. She was shortlisted for the 2020 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. Originally from the US, she lives in London with her family.
T L Huchu is a writer whose short fiction has appeared in publications such as Lightspeed, Interzone, AfroSF and elsewhere. He is the winner of a Nommo Award for African SFF, and has been shortlisted for the Caine Prize and the Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire. Between projects, he translates fiction from Shona into English and the reverse. His latest novel is The Library of the Dead, the first book in the Edinburgh Nights series. Find him @TendaiHuchu.
Sarah Smith is libraries development manager at Brent Council, and is an inspiring library leader who has spearheaded a number of significant developments that have had national impact. Her previous roles include working as a multicultural information librarian in Northamptonshire, looking at library outreach projects in Camden, and running the Schools Library Service for Enfield Libraries.
In 2014, her role as a national champion for diversity in children’s literature was recognised by her appointment to a panel of experts selecting a list of 50 books for children for the National Centre for Children’s Books. The list, Diverse Voices, has been influential and inspired a number of projects and partnership work. Sarah is also a judge for the charity Empathy Lab where she helps select books with an expert panel for the annual Read for Empathy Guides for primary and secondary schools.
In 2020 Sarah was awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to public libraries in recognition of her achievements.
Daphne Tonge is the founder and owner of Illumicrate, the UK’s first YA and crossover book subscription box, and a wonderful community of avid book lovers. She’s judged for the YA Book Prize, The Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME award, The Kitschies, and is an event chair. Previously, she was an award-winning book blogger from 2011-2018. She lives in London, but is a Chinese-Filipino born and raised in Manila. She can usually be found fangirling over first editions and fictional princes, and recommending books on social media.