A painting of a feminine figure wearing a blue skirt and yellow top and veil painted with their back
A picture of Shreya wearing a red saree and black top, standing in a room with a double bed with whi

   

SHREYA ILA ANASUYA

                                                               writer of strange fiction

 

ABOUT ME

I am a writer from Calcutta, India. I write fiction across genres, including and especially fantasy and horror. My work explores – among other things – history, the supernatural, gender, the body, grief, liminal spaces, music and the senses, as well as cultural memory. I am currently a PhD candidate at Kings College London. In other avatars and lives, I have worked as a researcher, editor, journalist, teacher, and performance artist. I am bonded, in this life and beyond, to my baby – a calico cat named Begum.

 

FICTION

MOTHER MOTHER

Forthcoming



The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

UNFURLING ROSE

Forthcoming



Strange Horizons

ENCOUNTERS WITH WOLVES,
IN THREE ACTS

2021



Cup and Dagger,
Sword and Kettle Press

GUL

2019



Magical Women,

Hachette India

 

NEWS

THE INVENTION OF UMRAO

Locating the Fabled Lucknow Courtesan in History

An essay in which I delve into literature, cinema and women’s performance history to understand the fictional courtesan Umrao Jaan, one of the most enduring heroines in the South Asian imagination. Out with Westland Books now!

 

HONOURS

OTHERWISE FELLOWSHIP

2020

SANGAM HOUSE RESIDENCY

2019

TOTO AWARD FOR CREATIVE WRITING

2019

UNFPA/POPULATION FIRST LAADLI MEDIA AWARDS

2015-2017

 

“A poetic dance across the dividing line of urbanity and wilderness, unearthing a feral magic hiding just out of sight of the mundane.”

Indra Das, author of The Devourers

 

OTHER LIVES

Essays, Reportage, Editing, and More

RESEARCH

I have worked with organisations such as Quicksand, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and the Centre for Internet and Society as a researcher. My outputs have included reports and narrative essays on gender and surveillance, the intersections between reproductive rights and disability justice, and more. 

SKIN STORIES



An award-winning digital publication – and an anthology of essays – about disability and chronic illness, which I edited for Point of View.   

WOMEN PERFORMERS



A dilruba, in Urdu, is a woman who steals hearts. Dastaan-e-dilrubai is my series for Firstpost about women performers from South Asian history. 

REPORTAGE



Writing, research and journalism on history/politics, gender/sexuality, and technology/society. Widely published in India and beyond. 

PERFORMANCE


'Gul' was adapted for the stage – with live music by Vidhya Gopal and kathak dance by Shinjita Roy, and dramaturgy/direction by Lopamudra Chatterjee. I narrated. We performed it across five cities in India. 

TEACHING AND SPEAKING


I have taught and spoken at a number of universities and festivals, including KC College, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Ashoka University, SNDT Women's University, and for organisations such as Oxfam. I teach workshops on creative writing and editing. 

 

"... (a) tenderly told tale of love and yearning which is one of the highlights of this anthology."

TG Shenoy, FactorDaily 

 

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Image credit: Heroine Rushing to Her Lover (Abhisarika Nayika)

Attributed to: The Family of Nainsukh, Pahari, 18th century. Source: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.