NAMITA ELIZABETH CHAKRABARTY is an interdisciplinary artist using creative and critical writing, besides performance, to explore themes of race, gender and sexuality. Her novel If Hamlet was a Girl was long-listed for the 2016 Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel, and her story 'Eurovision' was short-listed for the Asian Writer Short Story Prize, published in Dividing Lines (Dahlia Publishing, 2017). Her shorter creative-critical work has appeared in English and in translation in New Writing Dundee, Women and the Arts, Glänta, and Espace Lesbien Rencontres et Revue d'Etudes Lesbiennes. Her critical writing appears in Critical Race Theory in England (Routledge, 2014), Race Ethnicity and Education, and Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, articles emerging from her research funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. Namita teaches writing and performance part time, but for most of the week she loves devoting her time to writing, being immersed in exploring ideas and making sense of the world. She enjoys being based in the buzz of cosmopolitan London, while she also feels particularly at home in Barcelona and Catalonia.
In addition to the debut novel If Hamlet was a Girl, about a girl in near-future London whose activist-intellectual Indian father has been missing since a clampdown on democratic freedoms, Namita has written a linked collection of stories, How to Write About Love, that boldly and soulfully blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction, and explores the intersection of race, gender, and love.
She is currently writing a novel exploring racism and crime, and how we deal with hate, when we would rather get on with living and love... For this she was awarded a grant from The Society of Authors
Read her recent article in Gal-dem, Travelling to Catalonia and coping with racism in a foreign languageGal-dem, Travelling to Catalonia