Alecia McKenzie is a Jamaican writer, artist and journalist currently based in Paris, France. Her first book, Satellite City, and her novel Sweetheart have both won Commonwealth literary awards, and she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2015 – one of 22 writers selected from a record 4,000 submissions. Her other books include Stories from Yard and two novellas for young readers: When the Rain Stopped in Natland and Doctor’s Orders. Alecia has taught communications and creative writing at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Vesalius College) and short-story writing in Paris. As a journalist, she reports on environmental issues, culture, gender, and development for an international news agency. She is the founder and editor of Southern World Arts News (SWAN), and her own artwork has been exhibited in Kingston, London, Paris, Singapore and other cities.