Khadisha Thomas is a Black-British writer from London of Trinidad and Tobago heritage. Her short stories won her a space on Felicity Bryan Associates New Voices 2023, a writer development programme looking for the best emerging underrepresented voices in fiction. Khadisha works in publishing. Her short story collection, After Laugh Is Cry, takes its name from a Trinidadian proverb that “after joy comes sorrow”. Traversing from London to the Caribbean, the stories explore the experiences of the native and diasporic community of Trinidad and Tobago, weaving together themes of family, connection, identity and isolation.