Preti Taneja

Fiction Development, Non-fiction, Novel

Preti Taneja is a writer and activist. She has taught writing in prisons, worked with arts practitioners around the world mediating their own conflict and post conflict zones, and with people from all socioeconomic backgrounds of the UK who want to get published. She is Professor of World Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle, a Contributing Editor for The White Review magazine, and for the multi-award winning independent press And Other Stories. Preti's debut novel We That Are Young (Galley Beggar Press) is a translation of Shakespeare's King Lear, set in contemporary India. It won the 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize and was listed for awards including the Folio Prize, the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and the Prix Jan Michalski, Europe's premier award for a work of world literature. It is published by AA Knopf in the USA, and in translation worldwide. Preti's second book is Aftermath, a lament on trauma, terror, prison and grief, following the London Bridge terror attack in 2019. Published in the 'Undelivered Lectures' series by Transit Books, USA, and by And Other Stories in the UK, it was a New Yorker notable book, a New Statesman Book of the Year and was the winner of the Gordon Burn Prize 2022.

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