Margaret Busby, OBE was the UK’s first black woman publisher when she co-founded Allison & Busby Ltd, of which she was editorial director for 20 years. She was subsequently editorial director of Earthscan. Margaret edited the pioneering anthology Daughters of Africa (1992). She has judged many literary prizes, including the Caine Prize and Commonwealth Writers Prize, and has written widely for publications including The Guardian, Independent, New Statesman and Wasafiri. In 2004 she was awarded an honorary doctorate of the Open University and in 2006 she was given an OBE for her services to literature and publishing. She is an honorary Fellow of Queen Mary College.