Yvvette Edwards is a British East Londoner of Montserratian origin and author of two novels, A Cupboard Full of Coats and The Mother. She has written a number of short stories which have been broadcast on radio and published in anthologies, including New Daughters of Africa. She was a judge for the inaugural Jhalak Prize for Writers of Colour and the George Floyd Short Story Competition. Her work has been nominated for a number of literary awards including the Man Booker Prize.
She has wide experience of mentoring emerging writers, including on the National Centre for Writing’s Escalator programme and the Common People project, and she is particularly passionate about writing which challenges the single narrative and gives voice to those who are absent, misrepresented and/or underrepresented in fiction.