How to get involved
Facebook: ‘like’ our page: www.facebook.com/pages/24hourbook, post your inspirational ideas before the day, and pop in on the 29th to see how things are going, respond to our writing challenges, and support our writers across the globe.
Twitter: Follow us @STWevents using the hashtag #24hourbook. We’ll be asking questions throughout the day and we’d love you to tweet us your answers.
Our London Writing Team
Shamim Azad was born in Bangladesh and moved to the UK in 1990. Since 2004, she has worked in London as a poet and storyteller and a heritage animator in the UK creative industry. She has written plays and published novels, collections of short stories, poems and essays. www.myspace.com/shamimazad
Yemisi Blake writes poetry and short stories. He has been commissioned to create new work by Southbank Centre, The Wellcome Trust and Oxford University. He had been published in Spread the Word's Flight: Anthology of New Writing and in 2011 was one of 66 writers commissioned by The Bush Theatre to create a contemporary response to the King James Bible.
Sarah Butler is fascinated by the relationship between writing and place. She has been writer in residence for the Central Line, on the Greenwich Peninsula and at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Her debut novel will be published by Picador in Spring 2013.
Robert Collins is the author of the thriller Soul Corporation (Arrow) and is currently writing his second novel, set in London and Brazil. His journalism has appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and the Financial Times. He is the Assistant Literary Editor of The Sunday Times. www.soulcorporation.com
Cath Drake is an Aussie lured to literary delights of London who has been published in anthologies and magazines in UK, Australia and US. She has performed her work in cafes, bookshops, theatres, festivals, at Southbank, Tate Modern, and for unsuspecting passers by. She's also a non-fiction writer and award-winning journalist. cathdrake.wordpress.com
Romesh Gunesekera’s Booker short-listed Reef and his other Granta books were reissued in September 2011. His new novel The Prisoner of Paradise is published this month by Bloomsbury. He writes without ink. More at www.romeshgunesekera.co.uk
Shaun Levin is the author of five books, the most recent of which are Snapshots of The Boy and Trees at a Sanatorium. He teaches creative writing on The Complete Creative Writing Course and makes chocolates and marshmallows in his spare time (or when he should be writing).
Aoife Mannix is an Irish writer and poet based in the UK. She is the author of four collections of poetry and a novel. She regularly features on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live and has been poet in residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company. www.aoifemannix.com
Femi Martin is a flash fiction writer and performer. Her ongoing collection, 'This Didn’t Happen', is comprised of more than 150 tiny tales. Femi has been a featured performer at numerous events including Literary Death Match, UpRise Festival, Theatre Local (Royal Court Theatre), and the Southbank Centre. She is currently Spread the Word's Young Writer in Residence at the Charles Dickens Museum. www.femimartin.com
Chris Meade is Director of if:book UK. He writes, gives talks around the world, co-ordinates the if:book cafe writers, a group collaborating to make and sell new digital forms of literature, and is working on his own fiction project, The Nearlyography. www.futureofthebook.org
Ben Payne is a writer, director and dramaturg with a background in theatre writing and production. He is Co-Director and Co-Founder of Ministry of Stories, a writing centre for young people aged 8-18 in East London. www.ministryofstories.org
Saradha Soobrayen is the reviews editor for Modern Poetry in Translation. She was born in London where she works as a poetry editor, mentor and coach providing professional development for emerging and established writers and artists. She is widely published in anthologies. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2004.