PRETI TANEJA

Preti's 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).

 

Read her short blog for PRHI about writing the book here

 

Preti's novella, KUMKUM MALHOTRA won the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize in 2014.

 

For two years Preti worked with disadvantaged young people from across the UK for the charity HEADLINERS, and now teaches writing in prisons for LEARNING TOGETHER with Jesus College, Cambridge Universty.

 

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 is one of Hay Festival's 30 under 40 thinkers whose ideas will shape the world in the next 30 years.

 

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 for migrant workers rights.

 

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.

 

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

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS 2018:

 

NOV 8: UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN

18:00: Novelising King Lear: Anne Enright and Preti Taneja in conversation.

In her first appearance since being named Professor of Fiction at the School of English, Drama and Film, UCD, the Booker-prize winning novelist Anne Enright will be joined by exciting debut-author Preti Taneja to discuss what it means to take a classic of the English dramatic canon and make it your own. This event will bring together two award-winning writers, each acclaimed for their unflinching originality and integrity of vision, to consider the subversive power of reinventing a classic for a new age. Tickets here

 

NOV 9: BURLEY FISHER BOOKS, LONDON, UK

19:00: Book Launch: Not that Bad - Dispatches From Rape Culture

Readings w/ So Mayer, Nisha Ramayya, Preti Taneja. Details here

 

NOV 15: SPIKE ISLAND, BRISTOL, UK

18:30: Reading WE THAT ARE YOUNG w/ Q+A. Tickets here

 

NOV 24: MEDICINE UNBOXED 2018, CHELTENHAM, GLOUCESTERSHIRE

10:45: ON COMPASSION - IN CONVERSATION W/ SAMIR GUGLANI (SOLD OUT)

 

DEC 13 : NEWCASTLE CENTRE FOR LITERARY ARTS, UK

19:15 We That Are Young Readings and Q+A, with Sinéad Morrissey

Preti will read from and discuss We That Are Young in conversation with NCLA director, and TS Eliot and Forward Prize-winning poet, Sinéad Morrissey. Tickets here

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