About Us

We are Bare Lit, a literature festival celebrating the work of remarkable writers of colour.

In 2015, the UK's three largest literary festivals featured over 2000 authors. Of those 2000+ authors, only 4% were from Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian or East Asian backgrounds, based on a report published by SPREAD THE WORD.

We are changing that.

Email us: barelitfestival@gmail.com
Follow us on Twitter: @BareLit
Like us on Facebook: Bare Lit Page

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The Team

Henna Zamurd-Butt, Director + Co-founder
Henna runs Media Diversified, writes about food, and has a popup bakery called Sunbakes. She is obsessed with magical realism. Email Henna here.

Mend Mariwany, Director + Co-founder
Mend is a writer, editor and arts programme manager. He currently edits at Skin Deep and is member of the poetry collective Malika’s Kitchen. Mend is working on his first collection of poetry and prose. Email Mend here.

Sabeena Akhtar, Festival Coordinator
Sabeena is a book blogger, researcher and writer and the online library curator for Media Diversified. She currently works at radical non profit publishing house Tilted Axis Press. You can find her on Twitter: @pocobookreader.

Niki Igbaroola, Marketing
Niki is a writer, radio show host and Communications Executive specialising in brand partnerships and content development. She currently is working with SocialFixt on their 6-month, Fixt Series whose aim is to increase BAME employability and entrepreneurship in creative industry roles in the UK. Find out more about Niki here and here.  

Mel Larsen, Audience Development Consultant
Mel is a Business Coach and Marketing Consultant. She helps creative freelancers, organisations and business owners to get clear about their long-term vision and how to turn that inspiration into strategies that get results. Find out more about Mel here.