On Tuesday 21st November we’ll be warming the heart and soul with tales of love imperfect from The Whole Kahani.
The Whole Kahani (The Complete Story), is a collective of British fiction writers of South Asian origin. The group was formed in 2011 to provide a creative perspective that straddles cultures and boundaries both emotional and geographical. Its aim is to give a new voice to old stories and increase the visibility of South Asian writers in Britain.
On this night we’ll be visited by five writers from the collective.
Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Tickets are free, booking early is advised as seats are limited. Book Here
Mona Dash is the author Untamed Heart (Tara India Research Press, 2016) and two poetry collections, Dawn- Drops (Writer’s Workshop, India 2001) and A Certain Way (Skylark Publications, UK, 2017). She writes fiction and poetry and her work has been anthologised widely and published in international journals.
Her short stories have been on the short list and longlist of competitions such as Fish Short Story, Asian Writers Short Story, Words and Women, Strand International. She has a Masters in Creative Writing (with distinction) from the London Metropolitan University. With an educational background in Telecoms Engineering and Business Administration, she works as a sales manager in a Global Technology company. Originally from India, Mona lives in London.
Reshma Ruia is the author of Something Black in the Lentil Soul. It was described in the Sunday Times as ‘a gem of straight-faced comedy.’ Her second novel, A Mouthful of Silence, was shortlisted for the 2014 SI Leeds Literary Prize. Her short stories and poems have appeared in various International anthologies and magazines such as Too Asian, Not Asian Enough, and also commissioned for Radio 4. She has a PhD and Masters with Distinction in Creative Writing and post graduate and undergraduate degrees from the London School of Economics. Born in India, but brought up in Italy, her narrative portrays the inherent tensions and preoccupations of those who possess multiple senses of belonging.
C. G. Menon is an award winning writer and has won the Bare Fiction Prize, the Leicester Writes Prize, The Short Story Award, the Asian Writer Prize, The TBL Short Story Award and the Winchester Writers Festival award. She’s been shortlisted for the Fish short story prize, the Short Fiction Journal awards, as well as the Willesden Herald, Rubery and WriteIdea prizes and the Fiction Desk Newcomer award. Her work has been published in a number of anthologies and broadcast on radio. She is currently studying for a creative writing MA at City University and working on her first novel.
Kavita A. Jindal is a prize-winning fiction writer. She’s also an essayist, poet and reviewer. Nothing is off-limits. She’s the author of Raincheck Renewed published to critical acclaim by Chameleon Press. Her work has appeared in literary journals, anthologies and newspapers around the world and been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Zee TV. Kavita collaborates with artists, musicians and film-makers across a range of projects such as Film: Poems, Visual Arts exhibitions and text installations. She is a senior editor at Asia Literary Review.
Alex Caan has spent over a decade working in Information Systems Security for a number of government organisations, and is currently specialising in Terrorism Studies. A lifetime passion for writing was sparked by the encouraging words of an English Teacher in school, and eventually led to Alex successfully completing an MA in Creative Writing, and write Cut to the Bone. Cut to the Bone has been a Kindle Number 1 bestseller, was picked as a WH Smith ‘Everyone’s Talking About’ book of the week, chosen as Sainsbury’s best of summer reads and was Angela Marson’s pick for crime novel recommendation of the year. Alex Caan was also a rising star on Amazon in 2016, and is currently working on the sequel, First To Die, out in Spring 2018.
(Tuesday) 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
2 Butcher Row, London, E14 8DS