Arifa Akbar

Arifa Akbar is a journalist, critic, and the former literary editor of the Independent newspaper, where she worked from 2001 until 2016 as a reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She currently reviews theatre for the Guardian and books for the Observer and Financial Times. She is a trustee of the Orwell Foundation and co-administers its annual book prize, as well as being Head of Content at Unbound and editor of the long-form online magazine, Boundless.

Arifa is now working on her first novel.