Orenda: Flash Fiction Based in Modern India
Shalaka Kulkarni with Tony V Francis
By My Own Rules
Ma Anand Sheela* with Tony V Francis
* Indicates that the speaker will be participating at the Festival via Zoom
Tony V Francis is a Media and Broadcasting professional and the author of the best-selling historical fiction,The Autograph Seeker. He currently serves as Chief Revenue Officer at WPP’s Matrix Publicities in India leading the creative culture of the division.
He previously served as station director of Superhits 93.5 Red Fm,Bangalore. During his tenure the station won its first New York Festival (NYF) International Radio Award.
Tony is also a prolific speaker and a recipient of the Distinguished Toastmasters Award and a Literature Festival curator.
As author, his novel The Autograph Seeker (Amaryllis Publications) opened at No 13 on Amazon New Releases, was nominated in the Best Fiction Category at Valley For Words Literary Award 2018, Featured in Deccan Herald and Indian Express Must Read 2018 and was longlisted at Jio MAMI Word To Screen 2018.
Tony earned his undergraduate degree at St.Xaviers’ College Calcutta.The alumni honored him with The Young Turk Award 2018, Alliance Business Academy,Bangalore with the Distinguished Alumni Award and IIM Bangalore’s Executive Alumni named him in the 50 Star Alumni list.