Kavita Bhanot’s fiction, non-fiction, reviews have been published and broadcast widely, including the landmark essay ‘Decolonise, not Diversify’ (Media Diversified/Lines of Dissent.) She is editor of the anthologies Too Asian, Not Asian Enough (Tindal Street Press 2011) and the Book of Birmingham (Comma Press, 2018) and co-editor of the Bare Lit anthology (Brain Mill Press, 2017). She has a PhD from Manchester University, and is currently researching Punjabi literature as a Leverhulme Fellow at Leicester University, where she is also a Creative Writing Fellow. She has taught Creative Writing, Literature and Critical Thinking at Manchester University, Fordham University and Ashoka University.
Kavita was selected as a 2018 Room 204 writer by Writing West Midlands and for the National Centre for Writing’s Emerging Translator Mentorship Programme 2018-19. Her novel was the second runner up for the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2018. Kavita has been reading and mentoring for TLC for the last eight years, including working as a quality liaison officer working directly with UK-based literary agents and publishers on behalf of TLC. She is interested, (in all aspects of her work, including reading for TLC) in the politics of reading, writing and publishing. Kavita is happy to read literary fiction, and is especially interested in diasporic and international writing.
For TLC Kavita reads literary and commercial fiction