Ayesha Braganza

A lawyer in a previous incarnation, Ayesha escaped city life and found writing. She primarily writes for young people, ranging from picture books to middle grade and young adult. Her stories always have a fantastical bent, and tread the fine line between literary and commercial fiction.

Her book The Royal Spy (Big Cat, 2023) offers a chance to learn about the fascinating life of Noor Khan, a princess who worked as an undercover spy in France during the Second World War. From spy school training and code names to escape attempts, Noor’s life was full of danger and intrigue.

Her experience chairing the award-winning Akram Khan Company, resident at Sadler’s Wells, afforded her a bird’s-eye view of creativity at the highest level, which profoundly influenced her own storytelling. It made her keenly aware of how stories can translate throughout different media platforms, from the written word to dance, film and the visual arts.

Her work has won or been placed in a number of competitions supported by, amongst others, FaberBloomsburyJericho Writers and Spread The Word. The farcical experience of missing her own competition winning ‘golden moment’ prompted her to start blogging as www.theinvisibleauthorblog.com.

Ayesha is passionate about sharing books and runs a reading for pleasure ‘Book Explorers’ initiative in primary school libraries. She also supports children’s literacy through her work with the charity Doorstep Library that takes inclusive books to the ‘doorsteps’ of some of London’s most disadvantaged postcodes.  Ayesha believes in social justice and volunteers for Home-Start, where she supports challenged families in her borough, and has recently been involved in lockdown virtual literacy sessions for pre-school children.