Photo Credit:  Kajal Nisha Patel , Leicestershire.

Photo Credit: Kajal Nisha Patel, Leicestershire.

I write short stories, novels, and screenplays. 

I was born in Jamnagar, Gujarat, and grew up in Loughborough, Leicestershire. I hold a First Class BA in English Studies, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, and an MPhil in Literary Studies from the University of Hong Kong (where I wrote a thesis on British school fiction and plays from the 1950s to the present day). In 2016, I won an Apprenticeship with the UK's leading short story salon, The Word Factory, and am now a Programme Associate. I have published stories in the BareLit Anthology, Litro: India, Too Asian, Not Asian Enough and more. I also received an Honorary Mention in the Berlin Short Story Prize. I have led teenage and beginner adult writing workshops for Writing East Midlands. I co-judged the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize and the monthly 2017 Word Factory Citizen Flash Fiction competition. I live between the UK and Berlin and work as an English language freelance writer and copy-editor.  

My novel-in-progress is the recipient of a Writing East Midlands Mentorship, a Literary Consultancy Mentorship, and an Arts Council Grant. It was shortlisted for PRH #WriteNowLive (out of over 2000 writers), longlisted for the 2016 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers' Award (made the final 8 of 885 entries), longlisted for the SI Leeds Literary Prize, and an early draft received an honorary mention in the Harry Bowling Prize for New Writing. I'm editing the book as well as writing little stories, articles, leading writing workshops, penning a film script, co-organising an exhibition ... 

My agent is Niki Chang @ Aitken Alexander Associates
nicola@aitkenalexander.co.uk
(+44) 020 7373 8672

For all other queries

divyaghelani@gmail.com