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Rising Writers

May 2023

Alana S. Portero

Alana S. Portero is a Medieval historian, writer, playwright, LGBT activist, and cofounder of the theatre company STRIGA. Her writings on feminism and LGTBQ activism from the perspective of a trans woman have been featured in a number of international publications, including Agente provocador,, El Salto Diario, SModa and Vogue. She lives in Madrid.

Photo Credit: Flor Downes

Bad Habit

Alana S. Portero



Ammar Kalia

Ammar Kalia is a writer, musician and journalist living in London. Since 2019, he has been the Guardian's Global Music Critic and he has written for publications including the Observer, BBC, Dazed, Mixmag, Economist, Downbeat and Crack Magazine. In 2020 he published a collection of poetry and an accompanying album, Kintsugi: Jazz Poems for Musicians Alive And Dead, and in 2022 his essay on music and identity was included in the collection Haramacy. A Person Is A Prayer is Kalia's debut novel and was shortlisted for the Unbound Firsts Prize in 2022.

Photo Credit: Richard Dowker.

X: @Ammar_Kalia

Instagram: Kendrick_ammar_1



Juli Min

Juli Min is the editor-in-chief and fiction editor of the Shanghai Literary Review. She was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in New Jersey. Min attended Phillips Academy Andover and Harvard University, where she studied Russian and comparative literature. She holds an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College.

Photo Credit: Shen Wu

Twitter: @JuliMinNYC --

Instagram: @julixmin --




Juli Min



Natalie Sue

Natalie Sue is a bicultural Persian British Canadian writer. She has been an assistant. She’s also been a bartender, a cashier, worked in criminal justice, and has served her country in the Tim Horton’s drive-thru, but through it all she’s been a writer. When not at her desk, she can be found attempting pottery and stomping the woods. She lives in Calgary with her husband, daughter, and dog. I Hope This Finds You Well is her debut novel.

Photo Credit: Svetlana Yanova

Her Instagram and X handles are @natwrotewhat.



Nia Roberts

Nia is currently the Creative Director at Nosy Crow and lives in London with her daughter, husband and cat. She has been designing books since 1993 but she has never written or illustrated one . . . until now. Inspired by her teenage daughter and her friends, Let's Say Yes is her debut picture book. When Nia's not designing books, she enjoys making wonky pottery, going to gigs and the occasional DJ stint. Her claim to fame was having her single played on Radio 1 in her native language of Welsh.

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X: @nosycrow

Instagram: @nosycrow

Facebook: @nosycrow

TikTok: @nosycrowofficial

Let's All Say Yes!

Nia Roberts



Roxie Key

Roxie Key is an author and copywriter with a degree in creative writing. She lives in Northampton with her wife and daughter. The Deadly Spark is her debut novel.

Twitter: @RoxieAdelleKey

Instagram: @RoxieAdelleKey


The Deadly Spark

Roxie Key



Samuel Burr

Samuel Burr is a TV producer who has worked on popular factual shows including the BAFTA-nominated Secret Life of 4-Year-Olds. Samuel’s writing was selected for Penguin’s WriteNow scheme and in 2021 he graduated from the Faber Academy. He previously studied at Westminster Film School. The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers is his debut novel. Photo credit: Credit Rik Pennington

Photo Credit: Rik Pennington

Instagram: @samuelburr

X: @samuelburr


Sydney J. Shields

Sydney J. Shields (she/they) is a YA and Adult SFF author, as well as a Bookish Content Creator with over 30,000 followers. Her debut novel, THE HONEY WITCH, will be published by Orbit Books (Hachette) in 2024. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Columbus State University, where she majored in Communication. Sydney lives in Georgia with her British partner and her dog, Olive (also known as Ponchdog).

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TikTok – SydneyJShields

The Honey Witch

Sydney J. Shields



Lai Wen

Tiananmen Square : 'Extraordinary' William Boyd - Lai Wen

'An extraordinary book. Truly important' - William BoydA stunning, deeply moving novel about growing up in Beijing in the 1970s and 80s and taking part in Tiananmen Square protestsIt is Beijing in the 1970s, and Lai lives with her parents, grandmother and younger brother in a small flat in a working-class area.

Her grandmother is a formidable figure – no-nonsense and uncompromising, but loving...