Danuta Kean

Journalist

Biography

Danuta Kean is book news correspondent at the Guardian and books editor of Mslexia, a feminist magazine for women writers. Her work ranges from daily news to author interviews and industry analysis. As well as award-winning journalism, she has written influential reports about diversity within the creative industries, the most recent of which were: Centre Stage about pipelines for black and Asian talent into the theatre, written for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation; and Writing the Future, about the representation of minority ethnic communities among novelists and in UK publishing.

Danuta is highly regarded as an expert on book publishing and was a curator of Guardian Masterclasses creative writing strand, where she taught pitch workshops. She also set up the publishing module of the respected creative writing MA at Brunel University, where she taught for five years.

As well as teaching and journalism, she is a regular on the literary festival circuit, having interviewed on stage everyone from Richard & Judy and Michael Palin to Philip Pullman and Susan Hill. She has also presented radio series and contributes on a regular basis to arts discussions on Radio 4 and TalkRadio.