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’ (2017), acclaimed short story collection ‘Strange’ (2019), and bestselling travelogue ‘Handle With Care’ (2022).

‘Handle With Care’ was longlisted for the Times of India Auther Awards Best Nonfiction Book 2023.

‘Memoirs of My Body’ was a UNESCO Cities of Literature Best Reads of 2017, Best Nonfiction Book 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.

The first South Asian woman to write international opera, Shreya co-wrote Welsh National Opera’s film series ‘Creating Change’ (2020), and epic opera ‘Migrations’ (2022). Chosen by The Times as one of 50 best shows to watch in 2022, ‘Migrations’ received glowing reviews from the press (The Guardian, The Stage, and more), and audiences around Britain.

In 2021, her play on autism, ‘Quiet’, premiered in London, alongside new work from celebrated writer Hanif Kureishi, at award-winning Tara Theatre.

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, travel, and literature, can be found in anthologies such as the University of East Anglia’s ‘Writing Places’ (2019), and Hodder Education’s ‘Detectives’ (2020), secondary school English textbook for British schoolchildren.

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. In 2022, she was the short fiction judge for British international writing competition The Aurora Prize, run by Writing East Midlands and The Society of Authors. She was also short fiction judge for the Derby Book Festival 2023.

Her poetry, published, broadcast, and performed, in Britain and India, spearheaded British national campaigns against hate crimes in 2020 and 2021. 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 will be delivering a masterclass in writing in May 2023 for Beyond the Spectrum, a British national programme for autistic writers.

She is an illustrator for Hachette, HarperCollins, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, Nottingham City Council, and Welsh National Opera. Her artwork has been exhibited in Britain and China.

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

A television journalist with multiple award-winning ‘Amul India Show’ on STAR TV, she has made music videos for MTV, and continues to make short films.

Currently writing her new novel, as well as her latest book of nonfiction, and her monthly columns for popular 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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