Ellah Allfrey, OBE.
Please credit: "Photographed by Charlie Hopkinson at Rye Books, London."


About Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey is a Zimbabwean-born editor and critic. Based in London, she is the former deputy editor of Granta magazine and has also held positions as senior editor at Jonathan Cape and assistant editor at Penguin. In 2015 she served as a judge for the Man Booker Prize. She is series editor of the Kwani? Manuscript Project and the editor of Africa39 (Bloomsbury, 2014), Let’s Tell this Story Properly (Commonwealth Writers/Dundurn Press, 2015), and Flamingoland and Other Stories (Spread the Word, 2015). She sits on the boards of Art for Amnesty, the Caine Prize for African Writing, and the Writers Centre Norwich and is a patron of the Etisalat Literature Prize. Her introduction to Woman of the Aeroplanes by Kojo Laing was published by Pearson in 2012. In 2011 she was awarded an OBE for services to the publishing industry.

What she actually says is important. Here’s her warning: “And then it suddenly became old hat and it was almost completely dropped. So one swallow doesn’t make a summer.” https://t.co/H1c7tN6q9F

Me: I have a cow in my ancestral village
“African writer”: Ah. (Understanding significance). I had a herd of goats.
Me: Her name is Butler. I want her to die of old age (because - vegan). What happened to your goats?
African writer (you! @aminattaforna): 😁 We ate them!