"My local library was a goldmine for East End kids like me. That's why I get such a buzz working with The Reading Agency: because they promote a love of reading to everyone."
Dreda is an award-winning novelist, broadcaster, journalist and freelance education consultant. She was named one of Britain's 50 Remarkable Women by Lady Geek. She is the author of eight novels, with her first book having been awarded The CWA's John Creasey Dagger for best debut crime novel - the first time a Black British writer has received this honour. Dreda has also written short stories for the MWA collection, Vengeance, edited by Lee Child, and the multi-award-winning Books To Die For. She has appeared on Newsnight, Daybreak and Canadian television's Sun New Live. She has presented BBC Radio 4's Open Book, and is a frequent guest on Radio 4's The Review Show, Front Row and Saturday Review.
Dreda is the founder of the creative writing programme 'Write-On', which she has run in both YOIs and prisons. She has worked in education for over twenty years, including positions as a primary school deputy head teacher and local authority consultant. Dreda has an African history degree from SOAS and an MA in Education Studies. She is also a patron of The National Youth Arts Trust.
Dreda's Quick Read, One False Move, will be published on 2 February 2017.