We’re pleased to welcome the writers Tice Cin and Irenosen Okojie to our team of contributing editors. They join current contributing editors Preti Taneja and Briallen Hopper.

At And Other Stories we believe the publishing industry is stronger when creatives contribute to book work and vice versa. It helps us foreground the experience of authors and it leads to better conversations about how publishing can grow or improve. You’ll often find writers, poets, and translators working within our core team, and, as now, we’re always delighted when authors we adore are passionate enough about our house to join us as contributing editors.

Our contributing editors are writers whose work stands as a beacon, something to be held up or pushed towards, artists who are leading the way to places where more mainstream literary culture is often afraid to go –places that are often where we need to go most of all. It’s very humbling and it fills us with gratitude to think that such incredibly talented people are willing to share their vision and time with And Other Stories.

Says publisher Stefan Tobler and senior editor Tara Tobler:

‘Tice Cin’s writing was a revelation to us. In Keeping the House, there’s such a joyful abundance of liberty and play, and simultaneously this absolute rightness about how it is composed, mixing in genres like screenplay and poetry into one spot-on novel. And all with such heart: from the North London gangsters to the members of a three-generation matriarchal household, every character rings true and compellingly human. She’s an multi-disciplinary artist, and so as well as fiction and poetry, we’re also looking forward to seeing what she brings from other art-form scenes.

There’s a sense of boundless adventure in Irenosen Okojie’s writing – you never know where in the world you’re going to end up (or if you’ll end up in this world at all), much less how you’re going to get there or what will happen when you arrive. Her fictions are endlessly inventive, surprising, sensual, energetic, flawless on the level of the line, and beautifully fluid, almost anarchic, in their point of view. Much as we’re gutted we never got to publish them ourselves, we’ve sort of been pinching ourselves ever since she said yes to joining us, and we can’t wait to see what she brings to the acquisitions table.’

Says Tice Cin:

‘It is a delight to work with the wonderful team at And Other Stories on ushering new books into the world. I published my début with the excellent independent publisher and was moved by the creative agency afforded to me and the thoughtfulness within the process. I hope to be able to have an opportunity to include the different global communities I work across in the books I recommend. I’m looking for work that feels electric and radical, from non-fiction to poetry in translation.’

Says Irenosen Okojie:

‘I have long admired And Other Stories as well as the incredible range of books they champion. Each work published with such care and specificity but also in conversation with each other, traversing the wild landscapes of fiction with gravitas and verve. I am delighted to become a contributing editor for this radical publishing house.’

Tice Cin is an interdisciplinary artist from North London. She experiments in the space of portals. She has an MA in English: Issues in Modern Culture from UCL. Tice has acted and performed at venues such as Victoria and Albert Museum, The Roundhouse and Barbican’s Pit Theatre, and has been commissioned by organisations like Cartier, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Montblanc. She was named one of Complex Magazine’s best music journalists of 2021 and 2022, and has written for places such as DJ Mag and Mixmag. A DJ and music producer, she is preparing to release an accompanying album for Keeping the House with a host of talented features including those from the creative house she is part of, Fwrdmtn, such as Kareem Parkins-Brown and Latekid. Keeping the House has been named one of Guardian’s Best Books of 2021, and has been featured in The Scotsman, The New York Times and the Washington Post. She is a recent recipient of a Society of Authors Somerset Maugham Prize, and was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. A filmmaker, has just produced, self-funded and directed her first and second short films. She recently completed her sophomore novel on heartbreak, safety and clubbing.

Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian British author whose work pushes the boundaries of form, language and ideas. Her novel, Butterfly Fish, and short story collections, Speak Gigantular and Nudibranch, have won and been nominated for multiple awards. Her journalism has been featured in The New York Times, the Observer, the Guardian and the Huffington Post. She was a Contributing Editor for The White Review. She co-presented the BBC’s Turn Up for The Books podcast, alongside Simon Savidge and Bastille frontman Dan Smith. Her work has been optioned for the screen. She has also judged various literary prizes including the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Gordon Burn Prize and the BBC National Short Story Award. She was a judge for the 2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Vice Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, she was awarded an MBE For Services to Literature in 2021. She is the director and founder of Black to the Future festival. Her novel Curandera is forthcoming from Dialogue Books.

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