Sheila Atuona is a Nigerian-British writer and teacher of Modern Languages. Her short stories have been longlisted for the Write Now Penguin Random House prize (2020), the Alpine Fellowship Writing prize (2021), and the Bridport Prize (2022). Her favourite writers are Maryse Condé and Joseph Zobel. Sheila also enjoys playwriting and is part of the 2022 Old Vic Theatre Playwriting group.
Sheila says: “The Early Careers Bursary will support me in carving out quality time and space for creating and honing my work. This is crucial for carers like me, who often have to choose between writing and life events. I am excited about the year ahead, and I hope my award encourages applications from people in similar circumstances.”