Shreya Sen-Handley

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Former television 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 a forthcoming book of travel misadventures, ‘Handle With Care’, out Christmas 2021. ‘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, an International Women’s Day 2019 pick by the worldwide book-sharing organisation Book Fairies, an Amazon Top 100 biography/autobiography, 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 media, their 200-performer multicultural opera ‘Migrations’ will go on tour in the UK in 2022. She has also written and illustrated for WNO’s series of films in 2020, ‘Creating Change’, and will be collaborating with them on a second opera 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 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 News Corp’s STAR TV, she has made music videos for MTV, and continues to make short films, especially in this last pandemic year.

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

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