Rachelle Atalla is a Scottish-Egyptian novelist, short story writer and screenwriter based in Glasgow. Her debut novel The Pharmacist will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in May 2022, with her second novel Livestock scheduled for the following year. Her short stories have been published widely in literary anthologies; she is the recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and co-edits New Writing Scotland.

In film and television, Rachelle’s first short film screenplay Trifle was commissioned by the Scottish Film & Talent Network and is currently enjoying a successful festival run, including being officially selected for the LA International Short Film Festival. Rachelle has a four-part mini-drama in development with Hopscotch Films, and most recently she has been selected to participate in the 2021 Young Films Foundation Skye residency programme, developing her first feature length screenplay with BBC Films.

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