Arifa Akbar

Arifa Akbar is arts editor at Tortoise Media and theatre critic for The Guardian. She is the former literary editor of The Independent, where she worked from 2001 to 2016 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk. She has also served as Head of Content for the crowd-funding publisher, Unbound, where she launched and edited the long-form literary website, Boundless, in 2017. She has contributed to the Observer, the Financial Times, the Daily Mail and appeared on Sky News as a newspaper reviewer.