The World As It Should Be


Monique Roffey

Season 2, Ep. 7

Monique Roffey is a writer, activist and lecturer. She was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and now shares her time between there and her home in London. 

Monique has published seven books – a memoir and six novels – as well as works of short fiction, essays and literary journalism. Her novel The Mermaid of Black Conch won the Costa Fiction Award and the Costa Book of the Year in 2020, and was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize that same year. It was short-listed for both the Rathbones Folio Award and the Republic of Consciousness Prize in 2021. 

Monique teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she is currently a senior lecturer. In 2019, she helped set up Writers Rebel, a campaigning group inside Extinction Rebellion.

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