Karen Jennings is a South African author. Her debut novel, Finding Soutbek, was shortlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for African Fiction. In 2014, her short story collection, Away from the Dead, was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International short story competition. Her memoir, Travels with my Father, was published in 2016, and in 2018 she released her debut poetry collection, Space Inhabited by Echoes. Her historical mining novel, Upturned Earth, was published in 2019, followed in 2020 by An Island, which was published by Holland House Books and longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize.
Fayssal Bensalah is a twenty-seven-year-old Algerian writer who writes in English. He was born and raised in Algeria. He was educated at Constantine 1 University (C1U) and graduated with an MA degree in Anglophone Literature. He is currently finishing his PhD in creative writing at Cardiff University, UK, where he also works as a creative writing tutor. He is the winner of the 2020 Toyin Falola Prize. He now devotes himself to publishing his first book.