I’ve been writing stories since I was a little girl. I loved listening to bedtime stories – I didn’t care who was telling them, I loved to hear them. My love for reading has grown ever since I learned to read, and I love the idea of creating worlds I can escape into as I write.
I write short stories, memoir, blogs, book reviews, and am currently working on the last chapter of a novel. There are lots of writing ideas floating around and I’m very excited about starting them! Click on the link to hear me reading my version of the Indian folktale Savitri and Satyavan.
Inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere: a beautiful beach; a cherry tree in full bloom; an aqua ocean; the smile of a child; walking hand-in-hand with a loved one; the wisdom of age; the brashness of youth; a frothy cup of coffee; a blushing colour of a lychee…
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I’ve just finished reading Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman (New York: Henry Holt & Company, 2015, originally published in Australia by Text Publishing Company) for a YA Writing Course I’m on at the moment, run by Keris Stainton. Alex As Well is a novel about the...read more
The Island is a Young Adult début novel by Olivia Levez, due for publication in March 2016. The story is about a troubled teenaged girl, Frances Stanton, or Fran, as she sometimes allows herself to be called. Fran is a complicated person, one who is often not seen...read more
Jonathan Taylor’s novel Melissa (Cromer: Salt, 2105) is a multi-faceted novel on the impact of decay and loss, of the complexity of events leading up to these, as well as looking at what happens in the aftermath of such events. Anyone who has experienced loss,...read more
In Glass Scissors, Bobby Nayyar, of Limehouse Books, has shared personal and intimate memories, lots of pain and honesty – like telling everything to a total stranger you think you’ll never see again, but who sits and listens intently as you speak. There’s a lot of...read more
I’m very excited that my friend Ted Dunphy has published a book! It’s called Rowing Down the World to Auckland. Read on to learn more about Ted, his writing and the things that inspire him. Ted uses wit and humour to deal with the tragedies real life often brings in...read more
I attended the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 at the Southbank Centre, London on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May. It was a busy weekend packed with talks, panels, lively debate, a Foyles book stall, book signings, a multitude of writers, activists, politicians,...read more
I’ve never before been to a literature festival that began each day with live music, or one that ended with a massive musical bang! Both Saturday and Sunday began with the beautiful voice of Saberi Misra, accompanied by Dhanraj Persaud on tabla and Prabhat Rao on...read more
Whenever anyone in or around the Southbank Centre needed food, there was a Kerb food market with lots of stalls selling South Asian street food, juice bars, a cocktail bar and a stall selling jelly coconuts that ran out of stock before the first day had ended. The...read more