Jacqueline and Priscilla have both published impressive first novels and have been nominated for numerous awards. In Fire Rush, Jacqueline writes about the coming of age of a young Black woman set against the cultural rhythms of reggae and dub. It’s an electrifying state-of-the-nation novel about music, rage, loss and freedom. Priscilla’s novel, Black Butterflies, explores themes of violent upheaval and devastation during the Siege of Sarajevo (1992-1996) and an artist’s persistent sense of hope – it’s a tale of kinship and survival.
Jacqueline Crooks grew up in the 1970s/1980s in London’s migrant community in Southall, a time and space dominated by music, culture and politics. She works with and advises grassroot charities. Priscilla Morris grew up in London and spent her summers in Sarajevo. She teaches Creative Writing at University College Dublin. Harriett Gilbert is a broadcaster and writer, and she presents A Good Read on BBC Radio 4.