Niven Govinden (Chair of the Judges)
Niven Govinden is the author of four novels, We Are The New Romantics (2004), Graffiti My Soul (2007), Black Bread White Beer (2013) most recently All The Days And Nights, which was longlisted for the 2015 Folio Prize. He has been twice-shortlisted for the Green Carnation prize.
Eric Karl Anderson
Eric Karl Anderson is an American-born writer who has lived in London for over a decade and runs the book blog www.LonesomeReader.com. Previously a judge of the Lambda Literary Awards and a shadow panel member of this year’s Baileys Prize, he’s author of the novel ENOUGH which won the Pearl Street Publishing First Book Prize. Other publications include short fiction in Chroma, The Ontario Review, Glitterwolf, Oval Short Fiction and the anthology Between Men 2. Eric reviews new publications on the academic siteBearing Witness: Joyce Carol Oates Studies. He’s also keen on baking and watching disaster movies. Find him on Twitter @LonesomeReader
Celise joined Foyles in 2012 whilst studying for her degree in English Literature. In just three short years Celise has shot through the ranks of Foyles to become Local Marketing Manager, where she works closely with publishers and landlords to raise the profile of Foyles’ satellite branches. Celise is currently programming the Foyles Summer of Fun, a children’s festival that is due to take place in London and Bristol this summer. When Celise isn’t aiding her addiction to reading by buying yet more books, she completes marathon walks for charity, attempts to bake and tweets fervently about the politics behind society’s perception of body hair.
Jack Monroe started her blog, A Girl Called Jack, in February 2012, detailing living with her child on a food budget of just £10 a week and from then it has been a rollercoaster including two bestselling cookbooks with Penguin, a food column in the Guardian and making the Rainbow List for two years running. She is a patron of The Food Chain, and support The Trussell Trust, Child Poverty Action Group, and Oxfam. She is also an active campaigner, fronting a petition with Unite, The Trussell Trust and The Mirror on foodbanks in the UK. She has also been the winner ofWomen of the Year Enterprise award, Observer Food Monthly Award for Best Food Blog, Marie Claire Woman At The Top award, Fortnum & Mason Food And Drink Award, YMCA Courage & Inspiration Award, Red Magazine’s Red Hot Women Award and the 100m race when she was about, seven… She has also been described as a ‘lefty liberal lezzer’, which she’s proud of.
Sophie Ward is an actor and writer from North London. Her first book was A Marriage Proposal, published by the Guardian in 2014 and she is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London on the use of narrative in philosophy.