Sandeep Mahal

I am currently Director for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, and responsible for leading the company artistically and strategically and working with the highly skilled and dedicated team to make a difference to Nottingham's arts and literature community. I started my career in public libraries in Sandwell, before moving to The Reading Agency, where I led a powerful partnership consortium transforming the way UK publishers collaborated with the UK public library network. I have staged all kinds of author events with Zadie Smith, Jarvis Cocker, Adele Parks and Neil Gaiman. Following my Clore Fellowship, I was appointed Director of The Space – a commissioning agency supporting greater digital access to the arts, co-funded by Arts Council England and the BBC.

I am a trustee of Spread the Word and the Women's Prize Trust, and occasionally freelance as a Literary Consultant at Slam Films. I judged the Costa Prize First Novel Award, having previously judged the British Book Industry Awards and the Fiction Uncovered Prize.