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Malika Booker is a British writer of Guyanese and Grenadian Parentage, who writes poetry, plays and solo monologues. Her poems are widely anthologised in anthologies and journals including Bittersweet: Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry (The Women’s Press, 1998), Wasafiri; No 32 (Autumn 2000), The Penguin Anthology of New Black Writing (2000), The India International Journal (2005), and Altas: New Writing (Crossword Press, 2006). She has been a Writer in Residence for Hampton Court Palace, Croydon Museum and The Center for Slovenian Literature as well as an Arts Council Fellow at The India International Centre in Delhi.
Malika is the founder of ‘Malika’s Kitchen,’ a writers’ collective based in London which offers weekly writers’ surgeries, and publishing opportunities in anthologies. The influential Malika’s Kitchen was established in August 2000 and is successfully supporting multicultural writers in their development of craft. She has run creative writing courses for organizations including Pembroke College, The Arvon Foundation, and is now a Creative Writing tutor at City Lit. Her collection Breadfruit was published by flippedeye in 2007, and recommended by the Poetry Book Society. She is currently working on her first full length collection and is the currently Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company.