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Bidisha ShonarKoli Mamata

New Media Fellows 2013
United Kingdom
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Bidisha Mamata is a British writer and broadcaster based in London. Educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, she began writing for newspapers internationally at 15 and signed her first book deal at 16. Her second novel was published at 21 and her third book, a travel memoir, in 2008. She writes for The Guardian, the Financial Times, Mslexia, The Observer, New Statesman, New Humanist and various other publications internationally. Her fourth book, Beyond the Wall, reportage on the Middle East, was published in 2012. Bidisha is a regular guest on BBC Two's “Newsnight Review,” “Sunday Morning Live” and “The Big Questions.” For BBC Radio 4 she contributes to “Saturday Review” and “Woman's Hour,” both of which she has guest presented, and “Front Row,” and has presented “Archive on Four,” “Heart & Soul” and various documentaries and series. Bidisha presented BBC Radio 3's arts and ideas program, “Night Waves.” On the World Service she presented the books program “The Word” and the arts show, “The Strand.” Bidisha has lectured in political theory, moral and political philosophy and journalism and does outreach work in UK schools, charities and prisons. Her fifth book, Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London, will be published by Chicago University Press in spring 2014.


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