Bonny Brooks has been awarded the prestigious Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship for her novel about refugees and resistance movements. She was recently awarded a research fellowship at the John W. Kluge Center for Scholars at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C., for her work on North Korea. Here she delivered a paper entitled ‘North Korea, Literary Ventriloquism, and the Archives: Paralleling cognitive dissonance through creative juxtaposition.’ A fiction writer, scholar, and occasional journalist, Bonny has written widely for the The Berggruen Institute on Governance and The Huffington Post’s WorldPost about North Korea, Israel/Palestine, refugees and right-wing populism in Europe. Her work has been published in Japanese.
Bonny’s short fiction has been shortlisted for a number of major prizes. She has been Runner Up for TLC’s Pen Factor, and was selected to present her work for TLC’s publishing conference Writing in a Digital Age. Her poetry has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and she has been the recipient of an Arts Council/Literature Works award for poetry. She also received Arts Council funding for TLC’s Fiction Mentoring programme, where her work became a Recommended Manuscript and was selected for Showcase. She has been a Writer in Residence at the internationally-esteemed music venue Sage Gateshead, and from Glastonbury Festival to Newcastle City Library, Bonny has read her work on diverse platforms. This year, Bonny’s work was profiled in the AHRC’s national annual Impact Report, as creative work with distinct social impact. With a keen interest in scholarly public engagement and teaching, Bonny has delivered writing workshops in Washington D.C., for secondary schools in North-East England in outreach funded by the Catherine Cookson Foundation, and taught undergraduates at both Newcastle University and the University of Birmingham. Forthcoming works include her novel in progress, and a chapter in an anthology book entitled War, Oppression and Disaster Across Time and Place: Creative responses to traumatic experiences.
When she’s not banging on about politics and literature, Bonny might be found watching stand-up gigs or practising comedy voices with her loved ones.