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Arifa Akbar

Arifa Akbar is a theatre critic for The Guardian and a contributor to the arts and books pages of The Observer. A former literary editor of The Independent, she worked at the newspaper from 2001 until 2016 as a reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She is the former head of content at Unbound and was launch editor of Boundless from 2017 to early 2019. She is a trustee of the Orwell Foundation and co-administers its annual book prize. She has judged various prizes including the Costa Biography Award 2017, the UK Theatre Awards 2018 and the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019.