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 London's leading literary salon, The Word Factory. I have published stories in the BareLit Anthology, Litro: India, the Too Asian, Not Asian Enough anthology and more. I have led teenager and beginner adult writing workshops for Writing East Midlands. I live between the UK and Berlin and work as a freelance academic editor and advertising copywriter.  

I have just finished a full draft of my first novel, RUNAWAY. It is the recipient of a Writing East Midlands Mentorship, a Literary Consultancy Mentorship, and an Arts Council Grant. It was longlisted for the Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers' Award, the SI Leeds Literary Prize, and received an honorary mention in the Harry Bowling Prize for New Writing. I'm sending the story out (heart beats rapidly) as I write my second book. I'm also working on lots of little stories, more articles, leading writing workshops, penning a new film script, co-organising an exhibition ... 

Contact: divyaghelani@gmail.com