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Boundary-breaking Girls

This is my third piece I wrote for KHPT (Karnataka Health Provision Trust) in 2018 after visiting a few of their ground-breaking projects. Here, I write about inspiring young female role models who are encouraging their peers to stay in school…
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Devadasi (Sex workers) assert rights to a violence-free life

This is my second piece I wrote for KHPT (Karnataka Health Provision Trust), an NGO based in southern India. This piece is a very personal response to an inspiring group of Sex Workers I met who, through KHPT's assistance, are asserting their…

Factory for Change

When I was travelling in India last year, I had the great privilege of spending some time with an NGO in Karnataka called KHPT - Karnataka Health Provision Trust - visiting their projects and speaking to staff, volunteers & recipients of…
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Living, Coping & Writing with Chronic Insomnia

When I wrote my second novel, The Girl and the Sunbird, I would sit at a desk in my upstairs bedroom with sunbirds flitting to and fro from the foliage outside (yes, really, hence the title's inspiration), type away at my story, and cry. And…
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Introducing Trusha Ganesh: A young Indian Writer

I am always so happy to meet another writer. Whether it's a seven year old child who is tentatively but excitedly experimenting with the power of storytelling, an older person wanting to get their stories down for posterity or somebody who plays…
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Lucy Paget: Living Bravely and Creatively

It is hard to know how to describe Lucy Paget, so wide-ranging are her skills. Perhaps polymath would be the best word for her: Writer, Osteopath, Business Owner, Yoga teacher, Nutritional Herbalist, Chef...the list goes on. Lucy has helped…
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#FeministFebruary - A shout out from India

Virginia Woolf As February draws to a close, I am sneaking in with a quick blog post to celebrate #FeministFebruary as I only discovered its existence the other day. Coincidentally, I am reading Virginia Woolf's book A Room of One's Own (1929) at…
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Votes for women, books about women?

A landmark anniversary passed this week in the UK, marking 100 years since women were granted the long overdue vote. In my first novel, The Poet’s Wife, Luisa meets with other women to discuss women’s suffrage and proudly casts her vote…
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Interview on book blog - What Cathy Read Next

I'm excited to be kicking off my blog tour with a question and answer session on What Cathy Read Next. Cathy asks some very interesting questions, such as why secrets are so enticing to readers, and if I'd been living near Eel Pie Island…

Writing Motherhood: A Creative Anthology

This blog post is long overdue, but I wanted to mention a new anthology that I feature in! Named Writing Motherhood - A Creative Anthology, this collection has been edited by Carolyn Jess-Cooke and features a chorus of female voices amongst…