Arifa Akbar is Head of Content at Unbound and editor of the long-form online magazine, Boundless. She is a journalist, critic, and the former literary editor of The Independent, where she worked from 2001 until 2016 as a reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She currently reviews theatre for The Guardian and books for The Observer and the Financial Times. She is a trustee of the Orwell Foundation and co-administers its annual book prize. She has judged various prizes including the Orwell Prize for Books 2013, the Costa Biography Award 2017 and the UK Theatre Awards 2018. She is currently judging the Wingate Literary Prize and the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019.