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Preti Taneja

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Preti Taneja is a writer and activist. Her first novel, We That Are Young (Galley Beggar Press/ AA Knopf), won the Desmond Elliott Prize for the UK’s finest literary debut of 2018, and was listed for awards including the Folio Prize, the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize, The Republic of Consciousness Prize and the Prix Jan Michalski. It is in translation into several languages. Her second book is Aftermath (Transit/ And Other Stories) a creative nonfiction lament on the language of prison, terror, trauma and grief following the London Bridge terror attack in November 2019. Aftermath won the Gordon Burn Prize 2022 for ‘literature that is fearless in ambition and execution.’ It was also shortlisted for the British Book of the Year in the ‘Discover’ category.

Preti is Professor of World Literature and Creative Writing at Newcastle University and Director of the Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts. In 2022 she was awarded the prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize in Languages and Literatures for her groundbreaking experimental work.