Heera Bai: Co-founder and co-director. 

Harriet is a musician and creative writer. Her number one rule is never to leave the house without an instrument, believing in the impromptu moments of collaboration which music can ignite. Harriet has worked extensively in India, the Middle East and Europe using music as a way to create spaces of celebration with marginalised groups and collect stories. She Studied Hindi and History at The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and through her journalism she aims to explore the personal stories which often remain unheard, unknown and unremembered.

Hannah Kirmes-Daly: Co-founder and co-director.


Hannah is a reportage illustrator, working with art to document individual stories and collective narratives.She specialises in using the arts to create spaces for conversations and facilitates people expressing their own stories through illustrations, murals and comic strips. Having studied International Development and South Asian Studies, at SOAS, she focuses on issues concerning migration, gender, development and refugees.

David Suber: Creative correspondent for the Middle East and North Africa

David is a writer, illustrator and budding Oud player. His research over the last few years has focused on the socio-political situation in the Middle East and North Africa. David’s interest in migration stems from his time at SOAS where, as a student first, and as co-President of the Student’s Union later, he joined activists groups working in Calais’s refugee camp. Born and raised in Rome, he has specialised his studies in England (SOAS), Germany (Tübingen University) and Egypt (AUC), and has currently spent time in Tunisia working on  research looking at migration to Sicily.

Roshan De Stone:  Creative correspondent for Middle East and North Africa

Roshan works as a journalist and illustrator with Brush & Bow.  For the last 5 years, Roshan has worked with asylum seekers and refugees; both in a legal capacity in detention centres and providing support with asylum claims, and through the arts, creating spaces of cultural celebration with DJ nights and art. Her studies have focused on North Africa and the Middle East at SOAS. She currently lives in Lebanon.


Isabel Couchoud Bataller: Illustrator and Writer

Isabel is a Spanish illustrator and artist based in cloudy London. She graduated from Fine Arts in Teruel and València in 2014 (Spain) and graduated from Camberwell College of Arts Illustration MA in 2017(Uk). Working as a freelance since 2017. Website: (where you can see her portfolio)”

Anne Merlin: Illustrator and writer

Anne is a nomad designer. She creates and animates workshops for artists, educators & activists since 2008. Born in France, Anne studied art and interaction design at ENSAD in Paris. She lived in Greece, Brazil, Seychelles, Portugal, France and travels all year round, working from anywhere. She is an idea machine. Her curiosity led her to teach in the Himalayas, hitch-hike on boats along the Amazon and camp through the Sahara. That also gave her a chance to collect myriads of stories to share through images and words.
Joana Maria Neves: Illustrator
Joana, is an artist and activist from Lisbon, Portugal. She studied arts and multimedia, but soon became interested in non formal education and started to dedicate her time to expressing her ideas and values through her art and writing. She has a wicked sense of humour and a soul-singers voice.
Julie Saumagne: Illustrator and Writer
Julie is a social issues advocate, artist, cartoonist and graphic designer. She feels strongly about the potential of artistic practices in affirming the urgency of progressive politics and offers her creative point of view to political campaigns.  She studies Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development at the University of Warwick. Follow her work @JS.Moustique
Will Paintin: London Events Coordinator
Will is an ethnomusicologist and events organiser who has spent the last few years promoting world music gigs and club nights across central and north London. As Brush & Bow begin to run regular events in London, Will’s expertise is proving a valuable asset in programming and promoting our new event series project: The Wind That Shakes.