We are Family – Ink and Kin
Aruna Nambiar, Julia Prendergast, Udayan Mukherjee with Tanuj Solanki
In a previous life, Aruna Nambiar was a student of engineering and management and worked in an international bank. Now a writer and editor based in Bangalore, she writes tongue-in-cheek, slice-of-life novels brimming with humour and nostalgia. Her latest novel, The Monsters Still Lurk, is a funny, moving saga about family and ageing that unfolds against the backdrop of a fast-changing post-liberalisation India. Her debut novel, Mango Cheeks, Metal Teeth, is part coming-of-age story, part social satire and part comedy of errors set in small-town Kerala of the 1980s. She is working on her third novel.
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.
Udayan Mukherjee was born in Kolkata. For several years, he was the face and Managing Editor of the TV channel CNBC TV18, till quitting his day job to relocate to the Kumaon Himalayas. He remains an occasional commentator on television and a columnist on national dailies. He divides his time between Mumbai and Uttarakhand. Mukherjee is the author of two novels – Dark Circles and A death in the Himalayas.
Tanuj Solanki’s first novel, Neon Noon, Fourth Estate, 2016, was shortlisted for the Tata Literature Live! First Book Award. In 2019, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar for his second book, Diwali in Muzaffarnagar, HarperCollins, 2018. His latest novel, The Machine is Learning, Pan Macmillan, 2020, has been shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature.