Atima Srivastava

Postcolonial Writer in Residence 2012 Atima Srivastava

Award-winning writer and filmmaker Atima Srivastava will teach an intensive creative writing course for students of the Duisburg-Essen University. As an introduction to her work and the course, Atima Srivastava will hold a lecture entitled “Adventures in the Television Trade” on Wednesday, 6 June. The following days (7-10 June), the students will develop skills in freewriting, monologue and dialogue writing and the creation of characters and scenes. Participants should be prepared to write short exercises and present them to the group. In the end, a small pamphlet of all writings created in the Workshop will be produced.


Atima Srivastava was born in Mumbai, India and now lives in London. Educated at the University of Essex, she won the Bridport Short Story Prize for “Dragons in E8” in 1994. Her critically acclaimed first novel Transmission was published in 1992, and she was awarded an Arts Council Writers’ Award for both her second novel Looking for Maya (1999) and her forthcoming third novel. Atima Srivastava has also written screenplays, including Dancing in the Dark (1992), and The Legendary Vindaloo (1999), and plays, including Why Not Love? (2002) and Perfect Match (2003). She has earned numerous awards, including a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2000 and has held writing residencies across the globe, including the Universities of Singapore, Sofia and Seoul.

Lecture by Atima Srivastava

Creative Writing Workshop 2012