Melissa Chemam is a freelance journalist, reporter and writer, and is currently an associate lecturer in Journalism at the University of West England. She has been working in print, multimedia, television, film and radio since 2005, for the likes of BBC World Service, CBC, Reuters, France 24, Vox Africa and many others. A keen traveller and has visited more than 40 countries, she has been based in places like Prague, Miami, Paris, Nairobi and Bagui before settling in her current place of residence, Bristol. Melissa covers mainly human rights issues, politics, arts & culture and stories that touch on issues of migration, multiculturalism and postcoloniality. Writing is her favourite mode of expression, and she has had her work featured in the likes of The Independent, The TLS, The Public Art Review, Skin Deep and various other magazines. Melissa has also worked as a researcher for podcasts and documentary films (most notably at Velvet Film, the production company set up by director Raoul Peck). Her first book, ‘Massive Attack – Out of the Comfort Zone’, which looked at the arts and music scene in Bristol, was published in the UK last year. Melissa is writer-in-residence at the Arnolfini Art Gallery.