The World As It Should Be


Sabeena Akhtar

Season 2, Ep. 6

Sabeena Akhtar is a writer, editor, programmer… and a Primadonna. She has worked in publishing with the radical non-profit Tilted Axis Press, as a curator for Media Diversified, for whom she created an online library of writers of colour, and is the Festival Coordinator of Bare Lit, the UK’s principal festival celebrating remarkable writers in the diaspora.

Sabeena co-founded both Primadonna festival in 2019, and 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, and is the lead programmer for the WOW – Women of the World Festivals. 

She has contributed to the 404 Ink title We Shall Fight Until We Win and the Saqi Books title Smashing It, and is the editor of a remarkable anthology Cut From The Same Cloth.

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Sandi Toksvig, Elif Shafak, Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

Season 2, Ep. 10
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