Madhulika Liddle (English, Fiction)
Madhulika Liddle is an Indian who worked in hospitality, advertising and instructional design before deciding to devote all her energies to writing in English. Over the years, several of her short stories have been published in anthologies or have won awards. Her story, A Morning Swim, won the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Short Story Competition in 2003. Madhulika lives in New Delhi, India, and spends her spare time reading (mainly historical detective fiction), watching old cinema, and, whenever possible, traveling.
Lars Husman (Danish, Fiction)
Lars Husman is a Danish writer. He has written one novel, the dark comedy, Mit Venskab med Jesus Kristus, (My Friendship with Jesus Christ). It was published in Denmark in 2008 and has since been sold to Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, The Netherlands, France, Italy, India and the UK.
K. Srilata (English, Poetry/Fiction/Translation)
Srilata is an Associate Professor (English) at IIT Madras. Based in India, she writes in English and translates from Tamil. She teaches courses in Creative writing and Literature. Her debut novel, Table for Four, was long listed recently for the Man Asian literary prize and is published by Penguin India. Her books include The Rapids of a Great River: The Penguin Book of Tamil Poetry (Penguin/Viking, 2009), an anthology of poems, Seablue Child (Brown Critique), The Other Half of the Coconut: Women Writing Self-Respect History (Zubaan) and Short Fiction from South India (OUP).
Carlos Eduardo de Magalhães (Portuguese, Fiction)
Carlos Eduardo de Magalhães was born in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, in 1967. He is author of eight books, among them: Cama de Pregos (Bed of Nails), 2009, Pitanga, 2008, Dora, 2005, O Primeiro Inimigo (The First Enemy), 2005, Os Jacarés (The Alligators), 2001 and Mera Fotografia (Just a Picture), 1998. He is also the co-writer of the screenplay of the film Corpos Celestes. Since 2007, Carlos has run Grua, an independent Brazilian publishing house.
Ajay Krishnan (English, Drama/Fiction)
Ajay Krishnan has written and/or directed five plays, some of which have been performed across India. In 2008 his play titled Hair traveled to the UK as part of the Contacting the World youth theatre festival. He is now working on animation screenplays, shorter commissioned plays and short fiction.
Abha Iyengar (English/Hindi, Poetry/Fiction)
Abha Iyengar’s work has appeared in Mannequin Envy, Insolent Rudder, Dead Drunk Dublin, Citizen 32, Arabesques Review and others. Her story, The High Stool, was nominated for the Story South Million Writers Award. Her flash fiction has won contests at Tattoo Highway, Door Knobs and Body Paint. Abha is fiction editor with Leadstart Publishing, Mumbai. She lives in New Delhi, India and writes primarily in English, though some of her poetry is also written in her mother tongue, Hindi.
Ram Ganesh Kamatham (English, Drama)
Writer–director Ram Ganesh Kamatham has created work for stage, film,radio, comics and video games. In 2007, Ram attended the Royal Court Theatre’s International Residency for Emerging Playwrights on a Charles Wallace Award. The same year, he was also awarded a SARAI-CSDS Independent Research Fellowship for the development of his play Creeper. His play, Square Root of Minus One, was published by Samuel French and an extract of Dancing on Glass was included in Multiple City – Writings on Bangalore, published by Penguin India.
Manav Kaul (Hindi, Drama/Poetry/Fiction)
Manav Kaul founded the theatre group Aranya in 2004. He has written and directed several plays, including Shakkar ke Paanch Daane, Peele Scooterwala Aadmi, Bali Aur Shambhu, Ilhaam, Aisa Kehte Hain, Shabd Sangeet and Park. He has adapted and directed Sartre’s No Exit into Hindi as Antaheen as well as Tendulkar’s Ashi Pakhare Yeti into Kannada.
Janhavi Acharekar (English, Fiction/Non-Fiction)
Janhavi Acharekar is a Mumbai-based freelance writer and the author of a collection of short stories titled Window Seat: Rush Hour Stories from the City (HarperCollins, 2009). She has authored a travel guidebook on Mumbai and Goa for the American series Moon Handbooks (Avalon, 2009) and her writings feature in various short fiction and travel anthologies. She was the Charles Wallace Fellow at the University of Stirling, Scotland, in 2009.
Perumal Murugan (Tamil, Fiction/Criticism)
Perumal Murugan is the author of four novels, three short-stories collections, and three poetry anthologies. His novels Koola Maathaari and Nizhal Mutram have been translated into English as Seasons of the Palm and Current Show. Seasons of the Palm was short-listed for the Kiriyama Award. He has received awards from the Tamil Nadu government as well as from Katha Books.
Claus Ankersen (Danish, Poetry)
Claus Ankersen works with poetry, fiction, the spoken word and cross-disciplinary artistic expressions. He has published two collecions of poetry, a poetry CD and directed and produced a documentary film on the spoken word. Claus has done about 100 live readings a year for the past ten years and is considered a front-line figure in Danish spoken word poetry. He has also worked and performed internationally in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Turkey, India and the US.
Stephan Thome (German, Fiction)
Stephan was born in Biedenkopf, Germany in 1972. He has an M.A. in Philosophy, Religion Studies and China Studies from the Free University Berlin, and a PhD in Philosophy from same university. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Academica Sinica, Taipei, doing research on modern Confucian philosophy. His first novel Grenzgang (Walking the Border) was published in 2009. A second novel is in progress, with the working title Dein Name sei Arnau (Arnau be Thy Name).
Xaver Bayer(German, Fiction/Drama/Film)
Xaver was born 1977 in Vienna, Austria, where he lives. He writes novels, plays and poetry. He has published several books. At the moment he is working on a film-script.