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Ellah Wakatama, OBE, (Hon) FRSL is Editor-at-Large for Canongate. She serves as the Chair of the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing and is the Creative Manchester Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for New Writing, University of Manchester, and sits on the General Committee of the Royal Literary Fund. She is former Deputy Editor of Granta magazine, former Editor-at-Large for Granta Books and has also worked as Senior Editor at Jonathan Cape and Assistant Editor at Penguin. Her journalism and reviews have appeared in international publications including the Guardian, the Observer, the Spectator, and NPR. She is a contributor to the New Daughters of Africa anthology and has edited several books including Safe House, Adventures in Creative Non-fiction and Africa39.

She has served as a judge for numerous international prizes including The Man Booker Prize, the International Dublin Literary Award, the David Cohen Prize, and the Gerard Kraak Prize. 

Ellah is in conversation with closing keynote speaker Chitra Ramaswamy at the Scottish Book Trade Conference 2022.