PRETI TANEJA

WE THAT ARE YOUNG is the award winning debut novel by PRETI TANEJA

It is published by the visionary GALLEY BEGGAR PRESS in the UK

and by the most radical and legendary publishers and editors around the world.

 

WE THAT ARE YOUNG was Amazon book of the month in August 2018, a top 10 Book of the Year in The Sunday Times, Book of the year in the Guardian, the Spectator, The Hindu, and a top 10 Literary Fiction Book of the Year in Library Journal. It is being made into a major international TV series by Gaumont US.

 

'Powerful, engrossing... perfectly constructed, magnificently written.'

- Jim Crace, Author of HARVEST, Chair of judges, the Rathbones Folio Prize 2018

 

Read about the book's journey to publication here

 

Before becoming a writer Preti worked with disadvantaged young people across the UK for HEADLINERS; she also teaches writing in prisons for LEARNING TOGETHER with Jesus College, Cambridge Universty.

 

She is a Contributing Editor for the multi-award winning independent press

AND OTHER STORIES.

 

As a Leverhulme Early Career Reseach Fellow at Warwick University she researches cultural rights in conflict-affected zones. As an AHRC/ BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker she broadcasts for Radio 3 and 4 on world literature and culture.

 

With Ben Crowe she co-founded ERA Films, a collective working on issues as diverse as Iraq’s refugee crisis, in Rwanda with survivors of the genocide and with women in slum areas of Nairobi, Kenya and on major interactive multimedia documentaries including on migrant workers' rights.

 

With Kristen Harrison of THE CURVED HOUSE, Preti co founded and edits VISUAL VERSE, the anthology of art and words, bringing the freshest new writing from around the world to a global audience.

 

Preti's novella, KUMKUM MALHOTRA won the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize in 2014. The novella was published in 2015 and was made into a promenade theatre piece for Norwich Festival and the Free Word Centre in 2018.

 

WE THAT ARE YOUNG on BBC RADIO 4's START THE WEEK

2019

In 2019, Preti is a judge for the inaugural ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION

 

She will also be doing a very few public readings, classes and events....

 

Mar 1-7: ADELAIDE WRITERS' WEEK, Australia

Preti is doing several events at this world-renowned festival. She will also run a masterclass on Shakespeare and translation for The Writers Centre, Australia.

 

Mar 20-26: WIR, DIE WIR JUNG SIND, Germany/Switzerland

CH BECK presents WE THAT ARE YOUNG, trans. Claudia Wenner.

Preti is guest writer at Liepzig Book Festival, at the prestigious Lit.Cologne and for one very special evening at the historic Kaufleuten, Zurich. Details here

 

May 25: WORD FACTORY MASTERCLASS: FINDING YOUR VOICE, London

As part of 'The Winning Streak' series of events, tickets here

 

... in MAY Preti will be the UNESCO Fellow in Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, giving masterclasses, readings and leading workshop sessions

 

AUGUST 30: PRIMADONNA FEST, SUFFOLK

 

... and, she will deliver several keynote talks:

 

APRIL 20: FRAMES OF REPRESENTATION AT THE ICA tickets here

Aesthetics as advocacy in 'We That Are Young' and ‘other’ Shakespeares in translation

 

JUNE 8: THE ORWELL FOUNDATION, the RSA & THE FUTURE OF WORK

Four short story writers imagine automation and the future of work

 

JULY 7-9: Translation Summer School, Warwick University

Shakespeare in the conflict zone: culture and 'universal' human rights

 

JULY 17-20: British Shakespeare Association, Swansea University

Shakespeare, race, gender and nation: who is that can tell me who I am?

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