Shreya Sen-Handley is the author of bestselling travelogue Handle with Care (2022, HarperCollins), longlisted for Times of India’s Best Nonfiction Book 2023, short story collection Strange (2019, HarperCollins), and Memoirs of My Body (2017, HarperCollins), Best Nonfiction Book at NWS Writing Awards 2018 and a UNESCO Cities of Literature Best Reads 2017.
The first South Asian woman to write international opera, she’s co-written Welsh National Opera’s film series Creating Change (2020) and epic production Migrations, which toured the UK in 2022 and was listed by the Times and the Guardian amongst their best shows of the year. Her play Quiet premiered at London’s award-winning Tara Theatre in 2021.
Shreya teaches writing at renowned institutions, including University of Cambridge, delivering masterclasses as well for projects with vision (in 2023, Beyond the Spectrum, a national programme for autistic writers).
Her short fiction, poetry and essays, published, broadcast and shortlisted for prizes in India, Britain and Australia, have spearheaded British social justice campaigns such as National Bystander Awareness Day 2020 and 2021. Besides featuring in numerous anthologies, including Five Leaves Publications’ UNESCO City of Literature bid-winning These Seven (2015), she is one of the few writers of colour to be included in British school textbooks (Detectives, Hodder Education, 2020). Former television journalist for CNBC, MTV, and East India head of Australasian Channel [V], Shreya continues to write columns for the international media (CNN, National Geographic, the Guardian, etc.). An illustrator, published by HarperCollins, Hachette, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, her art has been exhibited in Britain and China.