On Writing Non-Fiction

Join the judges of the Wellcome Collection x Spread the Writing Awards with Nikesh Shukla for an evening of discussion about writing non-fiction.

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Do you have an idea for a non-fiction book but don’t know how to turn it into a full-length book? Or do you have a story to tell and want to sharpen your skills and seek inspiration from published non-fiction writers?

In this discussion, Dr Annabel Sowemimo, Dr Camilla Pang and Raymond Antrobus will be discussing their writing with Nikesh Shukla, author of Your Story Matters, a new inclusive guide to writing non-fiction.

Discussion will include where to seek inspiration, and how to transform a seedling of an idea into a larger work.

If you’re working on a non-fiction piece, or are thinking about it, this is a great opportunity to seek inspiration from four published writers who are writing interesting, radical and thought-provoking non-fiction in different forms.

The event is part of the Wellcome Collection x Spread the Word Writing Awards, launched this year to support writers from underrepresented backgrounds who are developing a non-fiction book idea about health and being human. Find out more about it here.


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About our speakers

Nikesh Shukla

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Nikesh Shukla is an author and screenwriter. He is the editor of bestselling essay collection The Good Immigrant, which won the Reader’s Choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards, and was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. He is the author of a number of books including Coconut Unlimited (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize), Meatspace, Run, Riot, The Boxer, Brown Baby and co-editor of The Good Immigrant USA. He lives in Bristol.

Dr Annabel Sowemimo

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Dr Annabel Sowemimo (she/her) is a Sexual & Reproductive Health (SRH) trainee and founder of community based organisation – Decolonising Contraception (DC). Her interests include tackling Gender Based Violence and improving SRH access for Black & people of colour. She is a regular columnist for gal-dem and freelance journalist. She is a part-time PhD candidate at King’s College London with her research focusing on the experiences of Black British women and contraception. She is also a trustee for Medact Charity. Annabel firmly believes that healthcare should be about empowering people with knowledge to make informed choices about their bodies. She spends her spare time campaigning on reproductive justice, against NHS cuts and improving healthcare for marginalised groups. She is currently writing her first book Decolonising Healthcare set to be released in 2022.

Dr Camilla Pang

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Having obtained a PhD in Biochemistry at UCL, Dr Camilla Pang is currently a postdoctoral scientist, specialising in translational bioinformatics at a pharmaceutical company developing treatments for immunological and neurological based diseases. She is also the author of the book Explaining Humans (Penguin Viking, March 2020), a memoir that uses scientific principles to understand human behaviour through the lens of someone who has autism and ADHD. The book has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2020, as well as the British Psychological Society Book Prize 2020.

Raymond Antrobus

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Raymond Antrobus was born in London to an English mother and Jamaican father. He’s a Cave Canem Fellow and the author of To Sweeten Bitter, The Perseverance and All The Names Given, as well as children’s picture book Can Bears Ski?. He is the 2019 recipient of the Ted Hughes Award as well as the Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award, and became the first poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize.