Meet the 2020 authors


Joseph Elliott was born and raised in Bristol and then studied English Literature and Drama at the University of Manchester. In 2017, he co-created, wrote and starred in InterNOT, a comedy sketch show commissioned by the BBC, which parodies the bizarre world of YouTube. He’s also part of the writing team for BBC’s Class Dismissed and The Amelia Gething Complex. He’s always had an ambition to write a novel, but it wasn’t until he broke his foot that he started taking it more seriously. When not writing or acting, he loves painting, snorkelling and playing board games.

Bex Hogan. Raised on a healthy diet of fantasy and fairy tales, Bex Hogan has spent much of her life lost in daydreams. Initially she wanted to train as an actress, but quickly realised her heart belonged to storytelling rather than performing, and soon after started creating stories of her own. A Cornish girl at heart, Bex now resides in Cambridgeshire with her family.

Holly Jackson started writing stories at a young age, completing her first (poor) attempt at a novel when she was fifteen. She graduated from the University of Nottingham, where she studied literary linguistics and creative writing, with a master’s degree in English. She enjoys playing video games and watching true-crime documentaries so she can pretend to be a detective. She lives in London.

Melinda Salisbury was born in the 1980s in a landlocked city, before escaping to live by the sea. As a child she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matilda was her biography, in part helped by her grandfather often calling her Matilda, and also the local library having a rather cavalier attitude to the books she took out. Despite this she never manifested telekinetic powers, though not for want of trying. She still tries, to this day. When she’s not trying to unlock the hidden avenues of her mind, she’s reading, writing, or travelling, all of which are now more addictions than hobbies.

Nikesh Shukla is the editor of British Book Award-shortlisted anthology The Good Immigrant, a collection of essays by British writers of colour about race and immigration in the UK. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and his debut YA novel, Run, Riot, was shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Award. Nikesh has written for The GuardianObserverIndependentEsquireBuzzfeedVice and BBC2 and BBC Radio 4. Nikesh was one of Foreign Policy magazine’s 100 Global Thinkers and The Bookseller‘s 100 most influential people in publishing in 2016 and in 2017. He is the co-founder of the literary journal, The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency.