Maureen Freely is the author of seven novels (Mother’s Helper, The Life of the Party, The Stork Club, Under the Vulcania, The Other Rebecca, Enlightenment, and – most recent Sailing through the Byzantine ) as well as three works of non-fiction (Pandora's Clock, What About Us? An Open Letter to the Mothers Feminism Forgot, and The Parent Trap). The translator of five books by the Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk (Snow, The Black Book, Istanbul: Memories of a City, Other Colours and The Museum of Innocence), she is active in various campaigns to champion free expression. She also works with campaigns aiming to promote world literature in English translation. She has been a regular contributor to the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent and the Sunday Times for two decades, writing on feminism, family and social policy, Turkish culture and politics, and contemporary writing.
Natasha Davis is a performance and visual artist who creates work around body, memory, identity and migration. Her solo performances, films and installations have been shown at theatres, galleries and festivals in the UK (National Theatre Studio, Chelsea Theatre London, Birmingham Rep Door, Barbican Plymouth, Playhouse Derry, Capstone Liverpool and many others) and internationally (most recently at Project Arts Centre Dublin, Point Centre for Contemporary Art Nicosia/Cyprus, Cummings Gallery Palo Alto/California etc). Her work has been funded by Arts Council England, Hosking Houses Trust, Platforma, Humanities Research Fund, Tower Hamlets and numerous commissions and residencies. Natasha is the final year PhD student at the University of Warwick, where she also produces the cultural content for the next IFTR conference and co-ordinates MAIPR student placements. A visiting lecturer at Birkbeck and Brunel, she has delivered talks and workshops across the world.