Divya Ghelani

Loughborough, Leicestershire
Literary Fiction

Writer Biography

Divya Ghelani was born in Jamnagar, Gujarat and grew up in Leicestershire, England. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and an MPhil in Literary Studies from the University of Hong Kong. She has published articles and stories in BBC magazines, The Times, The Bookseller and UEA anthology ‘Cheque Enclosed’. Last year, the University of Leicester commissioned Divya to write the historical story, ‘An Imperial Typewriter’, which she is now adapting into a short film.


Divya is a 2016 @WordFactoryUK Apprentice. For her bread and butter, she freelances as a copywriter & copyeditor.


She is also working on her debut novel, RUNAWAY, for which she was the recipient of a Writing East Midlands Mentorship, a Literary Consultancy Mentorship and an Arts Council Grant. An early draft received an honorary mention in the Harry Bowling Prize for New Writing. It was recently longlisted for the 2016 Deborah Roger’s Foundation Prize.


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

Available for the following:

  • Lectures / Talks / Panels
  • Live Performances
  • Workshops