Anita with books cropped I am a writer, editor, publisher, storyteller and performer.

 

On this site you can find over 100 of my published articles – and links to the some of the books that I've either edited or contributed to. Hope you enjoy reading them; let me know what you think.

 

About me

I'm half-Bengali and half-English. I've lived on this planet for about half a century. Having spent over half my adult life in Delhi, I decided it was high time to high tail back to England, so in 2015, I did just that.

 

I've worked for a variety of publishing houses: academic (Routledge, Manchester University Press, Oxford University Press), multinational trade (Dorling Kindersley) and small independent (Zubaan). With Zubaan - a feminist press based in New Delhi - I set up and ran the Young Zubaan imprint, commissioning alternative books for children and young adults. Alongside editing and publishing other people's work, I write for newspapers, magazines and journals - travel writing, reviews, cultural commentary, articles about gender, childhood, parenting, gardens, being human, or not - and my work (fiction and non-fiction) has been anthologised in several books.

 

I have been a speaker at many literary festivals across India, and love doing storytelling, reading and singing sessions with kids of all ages. I have led editing and creative writing workshops, been a judge for the Crossword book awards on several occasions, was one of the founder-trustees of the Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival, and have been the key consultant and programmer for the annual Jumpstart Festival since its inception in 2009. I am an active member of the Society of Writers and Children’s Book Illustrators, and my first novel is forthcoming ...

 

Being a bit of a mongrel, a mudblood, a half-and-half, mixed-race, betwixt and between sort of gal has been a mixed blessing (with the emphasis on blessing). It has shaped my outlook, my humour and my writing as much as my skin colour. If you've half a mind to, do drop me a line. I'd love to hear from you.

Books I’ve edited

Books I’ve written for