Sabeena Akhtar is a Writer/Editor and Literary Festival Coordinator.
Currently freelancing whilst working on her debut novel, she previously worked in publishing for the radical non-profit Tilted Axis Press. In 2016 she was commissioned to curate an online library of writers of colour for advocacy organisation, Media Diversified and is the Festival Coordinator of Bare Lit, the U.K’s principal festival celebrating remarkable writers in the diaspora. She is a co-founder of the Primadonna Festival which spotlights the work of women writers and of Bare Lit Kids, the UK’s first children’s festival showcasing the work of writers of colour. She has also curated for the Breakthrough Festival, a new festival for working-class writers. A keen advocate for Partition commemoration, In 2017 she partook in the BBC’s coverage of the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and alongside her daughter, filmed a programme on the Partition of India for children. She has since been invited to discuss the subject on various media outlets. She is the editor of upcoming Anthology, Cut From The Same Cloth, published by Unbound, a contributor to the 404 Ink title, We Shall Fight Until We Win and the upcoming Saqi Books title, Smashing It.
You can find Sabeena tweeting at @pocobookreader