Big Little Stories
Deepak Unnikrishnan, Shubha Mudgal, Julia Prendergast with Premanka Goswami
Deepak Unnikrishnan is a writer from Abu Dhabi. His book Temporary People, a work of fiction about Gulf narratives steeped in Malayalee and South Asian lingo, won the inaugural Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, the Hindu Prize and the Moore Prize.
Deepak’s fiction has been featured in the written publication of the National Pavilion of the UAE at the 57th Venice Biennale and in Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow’s Architecture, a book project commissioned by the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale. He has also written for The Guardian, The State: Vol IV: Dubai and Himal
He has been a writer in residence at Sangam House, Ca' Foscari University of
Venice, and Brown University, and was a Margaret Bridgman Fellow at Bread Loaf.
He teaches at NYU Abu Dhabi.
A singer of Hindustani classical music, Shubha Mudgal also sings khayal, thumri, dadra, pop and fusion. She bagged the National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Music Direction for Amrit Beej in 1996, the Gold Plaque Award for Special Achievement in Music for her music in the film Dance of the Wind at the Chicago International Film Festival in 1998, and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2000.
Julia Prendergast’s novel, The Earth Does Not Get Fat was published in 2018 (UWA Publishing: Australia). Recent short stories feature in Australian Short Stories 66 (Pascoe Publishing 2018). Other stories have been recognised and published: Lightship Anthology 2 (UK), Glimmer Train (US), TEXT (AU) Séan Ó Faoláin Competition, (IE), Review of Australian Fiction, Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Prize, Josephine Ulrick Prize (AU). Julia’s research has appeared in various publications including: New Writing (UK), TEXT (AU), Testimony Witness Authority: The Politics and Poetics of Experience (UK). Julia is a Lecturer in Writing and Literature at Swinburne University, Melbourne, and Deputy Chair of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), the peak academic body representing the discipline of Creative Writing in Australasia. Julia was the 2019 Director of the Australian Short Story Festival, held for the first time in Melbourne.
Premanka Goswami, music enthusiast and bibliophile, is a Senior Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House India. With more than a decade-long experience in India’s publishing scenario, he enjoys ideating and experimenting in publishing.