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).

‘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.

The first South Asian woman to write international opera, Shreya has written for Welsh National Opera’s film series ‘Creating Change’ (2020), upcoming production ‘Blaze of Glory’ (2023), and epic opera ‘Migrations’ (2022). Premiering in June 2022 to glowing reviews in The Guardian, The Times, and more, and enthusiastically received by audiences, ‘Migrations’ tours Britain in Autumn 2022.

In 2021, her play ‘Quiet’ was staged in London, alongside new work from celebrated writer Hanif Kureishi, by 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, literature, travel, and gender, 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, in partnership with the prestigious Society of Authors.

Her poetry, published, broadcast, and performed, in Britain and India, spearheaded a British national campaign against hate crimes in 2020. For excellence in writing in 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 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, 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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