Anita Roy is a writer, editor and environmentalist. Her father is Bengali and her mother English, and she grew up in the UK. She lived and worked in Delhi for twenty years before returning to settle in southwest England in 2015.
She has worked as a commissioning editor with publishing houses both in the UK and in India: Routledge, Manchester University Press, Oxford University Press, Dorling Kindersley and Zubaan.
She has written for children and adults, edited and co-edited several books, and has contributed both as a freelance travel writer, reviewer and columnist to newspapers and magazines such as Granta, Guernica, Indian Quarterly, Outlook Traveller, The Hindu, and Hindu Business Line. Her books include Gravepyres School for the Recently Deceased, and A Year in Kingcombe.
A popular and engaging speaker, she has been both speaker and moderator at many international literary festivals, and has taught as a guest lecturer at Bath Spa University, Rutgers, Delhi University and others. She has led editing and creative writing workshops, been a judge for the Crossword book awards, was one of the founder-trustees of the Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival, and key consultant and programmer for the annual Jumpstart Festival.