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Arifa Akbar

Arifa Akbar is Head of Content at Unbound and editor of the long-form online magazine, Boundless. She is a journalist, critic, and the former literary editor of The Independent, where she worked from 2001 until 2016 as a reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She currently reviews theatre for The Guardian and books for The Observer and the Financial Times. She is a trustee of the Orwell Foundation and co-administers its annual book prize. She has judged various prizes including the Orwell Prize for Books 2013, the Costa Biography Award 2017 and the UK Theatre Awards 2018.