Manreet Sodhi Someshwar* with Preeti Gill*
* Indicates that the speaker will be participating at the Festival via Zoom
Preeti Gill is an independent literary agent who has more than 20 years experience in the publishing industry as a commissioning editor and rights director.
She has travelled extensively in the North East of India and written on issues of conflict and women. She is the editor of The Peripheral Centre: Voices from India’s Northeast as well as Bearing Witness: A Report on the Impact of Conflict on Women in Nagaland and Assam. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including 1984 in Memory and Imagination (2016). Her documentary Rambuai: Mizoram’s ‘Trouble’ Years (co-produced with Sanjoy Hazarika) was released in September 2016. She has edited She Stoops To Kill, an anthology of murder stories by women as well as Insider/ Outsider: Belonging and Unbelonging in India’s Northeast both published in 2019.
She has built up an eclectic list of women writers from the Northeast when she worked as Commissioning Editor at Zubaan, a feminist publisher based in Delhi. As an independent literary agent she represents many of the best known, most respected, award winning writers from the region.
She spends her times between Delhi and Amritsar where she has set up a literary and cultural hub, the first of its kind, called Majha House (www.majhahouse.com) which regularly holds literary and cultural events and festivals. Her new forthcoming publication is an edited volume of non-fiction essays on Punjab.