Preti is a writer, broadcaster, filmmaker and human rights activist.
Her debut novel WE THAT ARE YOUNG is published in the UK by Galley Beggar Press, and in India by Penguin Random House.
In 2018, it will be published in the USA and Canada by A.A Knopf, and has sold around the world, including Editions de l’Observatoire (France), Rebel with a Cause (Denmark), and Tamir\\Sendik (Israel) and CH Beck (Germany)
Preti's novella, KUMKUM MALHOTRA won the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize and is out now.
She is a Leverhulme Early Career Reseach Fellow at Warwick University working in the department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, and the Centre for Human Rights in Practice until 2020, and an AHRC/ BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker, broadcasting for Radio 3 and 4 on world literature and culture. She also writes for the Guardian, Observer, Index, Scroll and the Conversation. She is one of Hay Festival's 30 under 40 thinkers whose ideas will shape the world in the next 30 years.
Her fiction film and documentary work with Ben Crowe is critically acclaimed. Together, they founded ERA Films, 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 for migrant workers rights worldwide.
Preti co founded and edits Visual Verse, the online anthology of art and words, bringing the freshest new writing from around the world to a global audience.
JANUARY 24 - 29: ZEE JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL, JAIPUR, INDIA
26: Revolutionary Poets: in conversation with Vishal Bhardwaj
29: Dystopian Fiction: We that are Young
FEB 3-5: TIMES of INDIA BANGALORE LITERATURE FESTIVAL
4: We That Are Young in Conversation
FEB 10-11: KOLKATA LITERATURE FESTIVAL
11: We That Are Young in Conversation with Maya Jasanoff
FEB 19: REPUBLIC OF CONSCIOUSNESS PRIZE FOR SMALL PRESSES SHORT LIST ANNOUNCEMENT, MANCHESTER
Panel discussion on being published by small presses
FEB 22: NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY WRITERS' CENTRE
We That Are Young in Conversation - cancelled due to national strike action
FEB 23-25: ZURICH LITERATURE FESTIVAL: DAYS OF INDIAN LITERATURE, ZURICH
24: Carte Blanche - We That Are Young - reading 10pm
April 15: CAMBRIDGE LITERATURE FESTIVAL
In Conversation with Afua Hirsch on her new book BRIT(ISH) - 2.30pm
MAY 5: ALCHEMY FESTIVAL, PURCELL ROOM, SOUTHBANK CENTRE, LONDON
Preti Taneja and Mona Arshi in conversation with Arifa Akbar
MAY 12: NORFOLK AND NORWICH FESTIVAL
KUMKUM MALHOTRA - A LIVE PERFORMANCE - 5.30pm & 7.30pm (FREE)
JUNE 10: ZEE JLF at the BRITISH LIBRARY, LONDON
We That Are Young in Conversation
image by Rory O' Bryen