The judges for the 2020 Laura Kinsella Fellowship are Roopa Farooki, Dr Chris Gribble and Alice Jolly.
Roopa Farooki is the award-winning author of six literary novels for adults that have been published in over twenty countries, and has been listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction three times. She received an Arts Council Award and Author’s Foundation Prize for work that increases understanding between cultures. She lectures in creative writing at the University of Oxford, is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and is the Ambassador for the Family for the relationship charity, Relate. Roopa is also a junior doctor working for the NHS in London and Kent. She has four children (twin girls and two boys).
Roopa’s new middle grade series for Oxford University Press, The Double Detectives Medical Mysteries, featuring Ali and Tulip, #SuperSmartBraveBrownGirls as heroes, came out in January 2020 with The Cure For A Crime.
Chris Gribble is the Chief Executive of the National Centre for Writing based in Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. After completing a PhD in German Poetry and Philosophy at the University of Manchester, Chris worked in publishing, then the cultural sector and was the Director of Manchester Poetry Festival and then Manchester Literature Festival. He is Chair of ICORN the International Cities of Refuge Network, a grouping of over 70 cities worldwide committed to protecting freedom of expression for writers and artists. He sits on the Boards of Carcanet Press and Modern Poetry in Translation and the New Anglia LEP Culture Board. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Alice Jolly is a novelist and playwright. Her memoir Dead Babies and Seaside Towns (Unbound, 2015) won the PEN Ackerley Prize 2016. She is also the winner of the Royal Society of Literature V.S.Pritchett Award 2014, a runner-up for Rathbones Folio Prize 2109 and was long listed for Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize 2019. Her articles have been published in the Guardian, Mail on Sunday and the Independent, and she has broadcast for Radio 4. She lives in Stroud.