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, by AA KNOPF in the USA and by the most radical publishers and editors around the world.

 

WE THAT ARE YOUNG won the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2018 and was nominated for several international awards. It was an 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, 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.

 

A TOP 10 FICTION BOOK OF THE DECADE - THE HINDU

 

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

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

 

Read about Preti's journey to publication here

 

Preti is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle.

 

She teaches Creative Writing in prisons for LEARNING TOGETHER, Cambridge Universty.

 

As a 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 academic research is on cultural rights in conflict-affected zones. From 2017-19 she held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Warwick University researching translations of Shakespeare in the human rights context.

 

Preti has held a number of writing residencies and was the UNESCO Fellow in Prose Fiction at UEA in 2019.

 

She is a Contributing Editor for the multi-award winning independent press AND OTHER STORIES for which she accepts submissions of full manuscripts.

 

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

2020

 

In 2020, Preti will chair the judges for National Centre for Writing's

DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE

 

For the Desmond Elliott Prize, a longlist of 10 debut novels is presented to judges by the NCW from which they choose a shortlist of three, to be announced in June and a winner, on 2nd July.

 

Preti will also give a very few public readings, classes and events....

 

Jan 21-7: KOLKATA LIT FEST / HYDERABAD LIT FEST w/ BRITISH COUNCIL INDIA

 

Jan 27 - Feb 1: WRITER IN RESIDENCE/ MASTERCLASS: SEAGULL BOOKS, KOLKATA

 

FEB 10 - 14: WRITER IN RESIDENCE: TRAVEL and TRANSCULTURAL IDENTITY in the EARLY MODERN PERIOD, THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

 

FEB 17: YALE UNIVERSITY, SEMINAR and READINGS

'PARTITION TO KASHMIR: WRITING WE THAT ARE YOUNG in MODI's INDIA'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preti Taneja 1 by Rory O'Bryen Preti Taneja 1 by Rory O'Bryen

image by Rory O' Bryen