Jamaican born Valda Jackson is an award-winning visual artist and writer. She was shortlisted for the prestigious National Windrush Monument commission in 2021; and designed the Royal Mint coin (Launch: May 2023) to commemorate 75th anniversary of Windrush. The untitled manuscript of Jackson’s first novel was shortlisted for the Bath Spa Prize, 2021 by Janklow & Nesbit. She is recipient of a Hawthornden Fellowship (2023). Jackson’s short stories appear in anthologies including The Peepal Tree Book of Caribbean Short Stories (2018), Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories (Peepal Tree Press 2015), and online MMXX, Bath Spa University (2022).
Author photo © Gee Photography (Garfield Mckenzie)