Former television journalist and producer for CNBC and MTV, and East India head for News International’s Channel [V], Shreya Sen-Handley is the author of two books with HarperCollins, the recently published collection of “profoundly unsettling and unusual” short stories, ‘Strange’, hailed as “masterful” by the grand old man of Indian English literature, Ruskin Bond, and the award-winning ‘Memoirs of My Body’, published in 2017. ‘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 a WH Smith and Oxford Bookstores bestseller in India.
A librettist for the Welsh National Opera, the first South Asian woman to have written an international opera according to the international press, their first-of-its-kind multicultural opera ‘Migrations’ will go on tour in the UK in 2021. She will also be working on a second opera in 2021.
Her short fiction has been published, broadcast, and shortlisted for prizes in Britain, India and Australia. This year she wrote her first ever poems, all of which went on to be published and broadcast in Britain and India, and commissioned by a British national campaign against hate crimes.
Shreya is a columnist for the international media, writing for the National Geographic, CNN, The Guardian, The Hindu, Times of India, Hindustan Times, Nottingham Post, Daily Mail, and more. Her articles, on a range of subjects such as politics, literature, travel, and gender and sexuality, are often included 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.
A regular commentator on current affairs for the BBC, Notts TV, and other media, Shreya is also a creative writing teacher for British universities, including the Universities of Cambridge and Nottingham, and other institutions. An illustrator for Hachette, HarperCollins, Welsh National Opera, Arts Council England, Nottingham City Council, and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, she also conducts writing and illustrating workshops for children in Britain and India.
She is a British National Literacy Trust Champion, a Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature collaborative board member, and a former school governor, Nottingham Festival of Literature director, and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature Bid Ambassador. For her range of writing, she won the Most Versatile Writer award at NWS Writing Awards 2018, and was a correspondent with the much-awarded ‘Amul India Show’ on News International’s STAR TV.
She is currently working on a new Welsh National Opera project on the importance of the arts in troubled times, and writing her third book for HarperCollins, the travelogue ‘The Accidental Tourist’, alongside her monthly column for top Asian newspapers The Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle. She also makes short films, and might eventually finish writing her first novel.