Shreya Sen-Handley

Jan 2020 Profile PicTelevision journalist and producer for CNBC and MTV, and East India head for Australasian Channel [V], Shreya Sen-Handley is the author of three books with HarperCollins, the award-winning ‘Memoirs of My Body’, published in 2017, ‘Strange’, a modern tales of the unexpected, published in 2019, and hailed as “masterful” by the grand old man of Indian-English literature, Ruskin Bond, and the travelogue ‘Handle With Care’, described by author and naturalist Lee Durrell as “a fabulous read…written lustrously, wittily, and kindly”, published in March 2022.

‘Memoirs of My Body’ was a UNESCO Cities of Literature ‘Best Reads of 2017’, Best Non-fiction Book of the Year at the NWS Writing Awards 2018, and an International Women’s Day 2019 pick by the worldwide book-sharing organisation Book Fairies. All three books have been Amazon, WH Smith, and Oxford Bookstores bestsellers in India.

A librettist for the Welsh National Opera, the first South Asian woman to have written international opera according to the media, their 200-performer production ‘Migrations’ will tour the UK in 2022, and has been featured by The Times as one of fifty best shows to watch this year. She has also written and illustrated for WNO’s series of films, ‘Creating Change’, in 2020, and will collaborate with them on a second opera, ‘Blaze of Glory’, in 2023. In 2021, her pandemic play ‘Quiet’ was staged in London by award-winning theatre company Tara Arts, alongside new work by celebrated writer Hanif Kureishi.

Shreya is a columnist for the international media, writing for the National Geographic, CNN, Times of India, The Guardian, The Hindu, and more. Her essays on politics, literature, travel, and gender, can be found in anthologies such as the University of East Anglia’s ‘Writing Places’ in 2019, and Hodder Education’s Secondary School English textbook ‘Detectives’ in 2020.

Her short fiction, published in anthologies like award-winning Five Leaves Publications’ ‘These Seven’ (seven select stories that helped Nottingham win its UNESCO City of Literature status in 2015), have also been broadcast and shortlisted for prizes in Britain, India and Australia . Her poetry, published, broadcast, and performed, in Britain and India, spearheaded a British national campaign against hate crimes in 2020. For excellence in writing for a range of genres and artforms, she won the Most Versatile Writer award at NWS Writing Awards 2018.

A creative writing teacher for British and Indian institutions, including the Universities of Cambridge and Nottingham, Shreya is an illustrator as well, for Hachette, HarperCollins, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, Nottingham City Council, and Welsh National Opera.

A regular commentator on culture and current affairs for the BBC and other media, she is a National Literacy Trust Champion, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature collaborative board member, and a former school governor and Nottingham Festival of Literature director.

A television correspondent with the multiple award-winning ‘Amul India Show’ on STAR TV, she has made music videos for MTV, and continues to make short films, especially in these pandemic years.

Currently writing her new novel and her monthly columns for popular Asian newspapers The Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle, Shreya lives with her husband, two children, dog, books, unfinished paintings, and jars of spices, in Sherwood Forest.

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