Nominated for Culture award
Jannat Ahmed is a 27 year old MA English Literature graduate from Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan. Jannat has made a significant contribution to publishing in Wales, co-founding Lucent Dreaming, an inclusive publishing company which is supportive of contributors who have historically been neglected by, or excluded from, traditional publishing.
Jannat’s commitment to helping others discover routes into publishing and writing stem from her own experiences as a young woman of colour from a working-class background starting out as a writer.
To create an environment that is inclusive and supportive, is Jannat’s vision and she has turned pervasive discriminatory experiences such as cultural and financial barriers into positive, inclusive, and nurturing working methods for herself and others at Lucent Dreaming, at Poetry Wales, and through her teaching and mentoring work.
Jannat’s dedication and contribution to publishing in Wales has been wide-ranging, from her own development and employment, to working to advance the talents of new writers and editors.
This includes her roles as tutor at Cardiff University teaching creative writing and digital publishing and acting as a mentor with Cardiff University’s Enterprise Team supporting students to set up creative businesses.
The impact of Jannat’s work will be wide-ranging as her company, Lucent Dreaming, develops, but it is her generosity and commitment to sharing her time and expertise to develop and give a voice to others that already makes her a role model in the publishing, creative and cultural sectors in Wales.