Hello! I write fiction.

I was born in Jamnagar, Gujarat and grew up in Loughborough, Leicestershire. I hold an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and an MPhil in Literary Studies from the University of Hong Kong.

I am working on my debut novel, Runaway. It was shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize for New Writing and most recently, it was longlisted for both the 2016 Deborah Rogers Writers’ Award and the 2016 SI Leeds Literary Prize. I am the recipient of a Writing East Midlands Mentorship, a Literary Consultancy Mentorship, and an Arts Council Grant.

I have published articles and stories in Litro Magazine, Bare Fiction (forthcoming), BBC magazines, The Times, The Bookseller, and the UEA anthology Cheque Enclosed. The University of Leicester also commissioned me to write the historical story, An Imperial Typewriter, which I am now adapting into a short animated film.

I write lots of short stories (see #1001Nights here) and am a 2016 @WordFactoryUK Apprentice under the mentorship of writer, Vanessa Gebbie. In 2017, I will be a Word Factory Writer in Residence at Waterstone’s Piccadilly.

I am a workshop leader and have taught students of all ages. Most recently, I ran a series of ‘Beginning To Write Fiction’ workshops with Writing East Midlands in Leicester. See here for more details:

Starting to Write Fiction with Divya Ghelani

For my bread and butter, I freelance as a copywriter and editor for brands such as BBC, ITV, NOKIA. I also edit academic texts. I live between the UK and Berlin. Email me for rates/queries at

Divya Ghelani – Writer