In 2016 I won the Peggy Chapman-Andrews award for first novel – aka The Bridport Prize. I was chosen from a short list as the winner by a panel that comprised the literary agency, A.M.Heath, the editorial advisory company, The Literary Consultancy and novelist Kerry Young. Here is a link to the Bridport Prize’s website which features the first few chapters of my draft novel, The Unbelonging of Taksheel Chaturveydi. Bridport Prize
Within a month of attending the Bridport prize-giving event in Dorset I was signed up with the literary agency A. M. Heath. I am now working with my agent, Euan Thorneycroft, to hone my novel with the aim of getting it published. The Bridport win means many things: validation of my work, an accolade that is recognised by other writers and those in the publishing industry, sponsorship to work with a mentor at The Literary Consultancy and, more than all of this, it allows me, after two decades of creative writing, to feel able to call myself a writer. That is the most precious thing of all.
In November 2016 I was featured by The Literary Consultancy as their Showcase Writer. Here is a link to their site which features another excerpt of my writing. The Literary Consultancy Showcase
I am currently working with a mentor at The Literary Consultancy on my second novel, provisionally entitled In the Days that Came After.
In May 2017, I wrote a piece for the Bridport Prize Blog called A Tale of Two Novels: Thoughts on winning the Bridport Prize which discusses the experience of writing two novels at the same time. It can be found here.
In 2014 I was awarded an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London with distinction. As well as working on my creative writing, I explored aspects of post-colonial literary theory that I find interesting and which, as someone of mixed race, informs my writing. Here is a link to the dissertation I wrote as part of this masters degree on language and postcolonial writing with particular reference to Indian post-colonial writing. MA Dissertation
Here is a selection of articles I have published recently on a range of topics
- “Youth Behind Bars.” Fabian Review, Spring 2018.
- “No More Austerity After Grenfell Tower.” Published on Medium: Grenfell
- “The implications of broken windows – literal and metaphorical – within the prison estate.” Fabian Review, Spring 2017.
- “Reflections on the Fabian Conference; Saturday 14 January, 2017 – Labour and the Abiliene Paradox.” Published on Medium: Abilene
- “Notes from Camp de la Liniere, Dunkirk: May 9 – 13, 2016.” Published on Medium: Dunkirk