Named by the Guardian and the BBC as one of the top podcasts of 2017, Mostly Lit is an award-winning books and pop-culture podcast, hosted by Alex, Raifa Rafiq and Derek Owusu - and managed and executive produced by Clarissa Pabi. In 2018 Alex, Raifa, Derek and Clarissa were named as part of the FutureBook40  a list of 40 ga​me-changers and innovators within the publishing industry.

Hosted by Londoners Alex Reads, Raifa Rafiq and Derek Owusu, the trio chronicle the millennial experience, while exploring the intersection between literature, film/tv and pop-culture – all in a fun, irreverent and insightful way. The Lit in ‘Mostly Lit’ is a double entendre, delineating Alex, Rai and Derek’s passion for books whilst also signalling that their podcast is about much more than ‘literature for literature sake’ – it is about what things are cool, current, and interesting, and how, more often than not, books are a part of that.

Mostly Lit was started in 2016 by Alex Reads and Raifa Rafiq and operates as an independently managed podcast via Clarissa Pabi. The podcast has received coverage in BuzzFeed and The Guardian and the team has worked with brands such as Waterstones, the BBC, HarperCollins, FutureBook and Penguin Random House. In 2018 Mostly Lit were chosen as judges for The British Book Awards for the Books Of The Year awards and won a Best British Podcast award.

One of the key aims of Mostly Lit is to deconstruct the image of the reader as ‘bookish’ and ‘solitary’. Through their pioneering podcast and social media they promote the message that anyone and everyone can be a reader and Mostly Lit strives to create more inclusive and diverse publishing and media landscape that also reflects that message. Listen here.

Meet the Mostly Lit team

Alex Reads (Co-creator and Host)

Alex is a writer and actor, from North West London. He has been working as a journalist for the past three years, and has a great passion for artists and the arts. Most of his reading revolves around productivity, but within fiction he has dabbled in diaspora stories and short-stories (typically American). Currently training part-time as an actor, Alex loves the spoken word, which makes his love for podcasting that much stronger.  In 2018 he was named as part of the FutureBook40  a list of 40 ga​me-changers and innovators within the publishing industry.

Follow Alex at @itsalexreads

Raifa Rafiq (Co-creator and Host)

Rai is a trainee city lawyer during the week and a podcaster on the weekends. She loves writing at godforsaken hours in the night, sharing her opinions on absolutely everything on twitter, writing only when emotionally moved and dancing to Beyonce in her room. Having read English Literature at University, it was by lucky happenstance that she found Alex on twitter and so began Mostly Lit. Almost fateful. She is a Black Muslim Woman who ‘stans’ for and is proud of each of her intersections. In 2018 she was named as part of the FutureBook40  a list of 40 ga​me-changers and innovators within the publishing industry.

 

Follow Rai @RecklessRai 

Derek Owusu (Host)

Derek is a writer, podcaster, and mentor from Tottenham. He realised his passion for literature aged 23 while studying Exercise Science at University.  Before then, he had never read a book cover-to-cover, his introduction to literature coming via a short story by D.H. Lawrence called 'St Mawr'. Discovering literature was a revelation that came too late for his university path, so instead of switching course, he snuck into English literature lectures at The University of Manchester.

While writing for an online publication, he came across Alex Reads, who asked him to be a guest on the show. After featuring on two episodes it was clear that the dynamic between Derek, Alex and Rai, was something special and he became a permanent fixture. 
In 2018 he was named as part of the FutureBook40  a list of 40 ga​me-changers and innovators within the publishing industry.

Follow Derek @GhanaianDerek 

Clarissa Pabi (Executive Producer and Manager)

Clarissa is a marketeer, executive producer, mentor and writer from North London. After graduating from Oxford University in 2012 with a degree in English Language and Literature Clarissa started working in publishing via Creative Access. In 2017 she won a Rising Star Award as a result of her pioneering marketing work e.g. creating a book-cover meme app that trended on Twitter in 2016 above the Olympic opening ceremony. In 2018 she was listed as no.2 on the FutureBook40 list,  a list of 40 ga​me-changers and innovators within the publishing industry. She has particular interest in audio, podcasts, and digital marketing; and has produced the world's first binaural audiobook trailer and executive produced the first non-Penguin branded podcast for the Doctor Who brand. Last year she worked with a small team to pitch a new cross-company brand called This Is Spoke to the CEOs of Bertlesmann, Penguin, Sony BMG and Freemantle Media and won investment. She sits the Advisory Board for Creative Access.

Follow Clarissa @ClarissaPabi

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