Born in London, Foday Mannah spent his formative years in delightful Sierra Leone where he studied English Language and Literature at Fourah Bay College. On graduation, he worked as a teacher and lecturer before returning to the United Kingdom.
Foday currently lives in Scotland where he is employed as a teacher of English. He holds an Msc in International Conflict and Cooperation from the University of Stirling and an MA with Distinction in Professional Writing from Falmouth University.
Foday’s writing seeks to represent the experiences of some of the truly remarkable people he has encountered in life. Within this context, Foday’s writing especially seeks to explore the disproportionate use of power, both domestic and political.
His short story, Amie Samba, was shortlisted for the 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize, and was published in the anthology of the same year. Foday has also had stories shortlisted and or longlisted / highly commended for the Bridport, Sean O’Faolain, Mo Siewcharran, Brick Lane, Commonwealth, Morley, Bloody Scotland and Queen Mary Wasafiri writing competitions.
His short stories have also been published in Doek, The Decolonial Passage, Iskanchi and The Other Side of Hope literary magazines.
His novel – “The Search for Othella Savage” – won the 2022 Mo Siewcharran Prize.
Further inspiration and ideas are provided by his other half Cynthia, and his daughters Tanaka and Mandipa.
Foday is represented by the Elise Dillsworth Literary Agency.