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Festival Line Up

13
Jun

Shibani Lal

Shibani Lal was born in Bombay and moved to the UK in 2000. After a brief stint in Singapore and Paris, she currently lives in London, and works in the City. Shibani writes poetry and short stories. Her story “A Cup of Tea” was adjudged runner-up in the 2015 Asian Writer Prize.
Many of her stories draw upon her own experiences of cross-cultural relationships, family ties as well as exploring themes of love, loss and displacement.

13
Jun

Radhika Kapur

Radhika Kapur When she’s not writing fiction, Radhika works in advertising and her work has won accolades at advertising festivals such as Cannes, One Show, Clio and Asia-Pacific Adfest. Her writing has been published by The Pioneer and the Feminist Review, amongst others. She recently won third place at a European screenwriting competition and is currently working on a feature film script.

13
Jun

Farrah Yusuf

Farrah Yusuf was born in Pakistan and brought up in London. She writes plays, short stories and is currently working on her first novel. She took part in Kali Theatre TalkBack (2014/2015) and the Royal Court Theatre (2015) playwriting groups. Her short stories have been published in Five Degrees: The Asian Writer Short Story Prize (2012), SADAA Against the Grain (2013) and Beyond the Border (2014) anthologies and shortlisted for the Writeidea Short Story Prize (2014 and 2015).
Website: www.farrahyusuf.com

13
Jun

Jayne Stanton

Jayne Stanton lives, works and writes in Leicestershire. Her poetry is published in various print and online magazines. A pamphlet, Beyond the Tune, was published by Soundswrite Press in 2014. Jayne has written commissions for Harborough Museum’s Sole 2 Soul project and University of Leicester’s Centre for New Writing. In March 2016 she won the Bru Leicester Writes poetry prize and, as Bru Coffee & Gelato’s poet in residence, has recently completed a sequence of poems about life in Leicester city.

13
Jun

Mona Dash

Mona Dash was born in Odisha, India, and settled in London in 2001. With a background in Engineering and Management, she works in Telecoms Solution Sales. She writes fiction and poetry and her work has been and anthologised internationally. She has gained a Masters in Creative Writing, with distinction, from the London Metropolitan University. She is currently working towards a PhD in Area Studies. ‘Dawn-drops’ (Writer’s Workshop, India) is her first collection of poetry. ‘Untamed Heart’ (Tara Research India Press) is her first novel.
Website: www.monadash.net

12
Jun

Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor’s books include the novels Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012) and Melissa (Salt, 2015), the memoir Take Me Home (Granta Books, 2007), and the short story collection Kontakte and Other Stories (Roman Books, 2013 and 2014). He lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester. He lives in Leicestershire with his wife, the poet Maria Taylor, and their twin daughters, Miranda and Rosalind. His website is http://www.jonathanptaylor.co.uk.

12
Jun

Kirstin Ruth Bratt

Kirstin Ruth Bratt is a professor at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. She previously taught at Arizona Western College, Penn State University, and Georgia State University. She loves her sweet and thoughtful children, traveling abroad, political campaigns, passionate readers and writers, the theater of complex and interesting playwrights, the music of good listeners. Her work has appeared in over 80 academic and creative journals; her publications include an edited book of essays with the University of Chicago Press and a book of poetry with RedBird Chapbooks.

21
Apr

Alison Moore

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Alison Moore was born in Manchester in 1971. Her short fiction has been included in Best British Short Stories and Best British Horror anthologies and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra. The title story of her debut collection The Pre-War House and Other Stories won a New Writer novella prize. Her first novel, The Lighthouse, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 and the National Book Awards 2012 (New Writer of the Year), winning the McKitterick Prize 2013. Her second novel, He Wants, was published in 2014.www.alison-moore.com