Divya Ghelani

Loughborough, Leicestershire
Literary Fiction

Writer Biography

Divya was born in Jamnagar, Gujarat, and grew up in Loughborough, Leicestershire. She holds 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 she wrote a thesis on British school fiction and plays from the 1950s to the present day). In 2016, she won an Apprenticeship with London’s leading literary salon, The Word Factory. She has published stories in the BareLit Anthology, Litro: India, the Too Asian, Not Asian Enough anthology and more. She has led both teenage and adult writing workshops for Writing East Midlands. She lives between the UK and Berlin and work as a freelance academic editor and advertising copywriter.  
Her novel RUNAWAY 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. She is also working on lots of little stories, more articles, leading writing workshops, penning a new film script, co-organising an exhibition. 
Her agent is Niki Chang @ Aitken Alexander Associates


Performances & Workshops
I am leading a series of Young Adult Writing Workshops in Loughborough and Leicester this November.
Prizes & Awards
2011 Winner of an RSC Arts Journalist Mentoring Scheme 2012 Panelist at Black Writer’s Conference 2013 WEM Mentorship 2014 Arts Council Grant for novel-in-progress

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