The Writers

Chandrahas Choudhury is a novelist and literary critic based in Delhi. He is the author of the novel Arzee the Dwarf (HarperCollins, 2009), published in German and Spanish in 2012 under the title The Little King of Bombay. He is also the editor of an introduction to Indian fiction, India: A Traveller’s Literary Companion. He reviews books for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He writes a literary weblog at The Middle Stage

Benjamin Law is a Brisbane-based writer and journalist. His essays have been anthologised in The Best Australian Essays twice, and he is a frequent contributor to frankie, Good Weekend, The Monthly and Qweekend. He has been published in over 50 magazines, websites and journals in Australia and worldwide, and his debut book The Family Law (2010) was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). His second book Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East is released in September 2012. He holds a doctorate in creative writing and cultural studies from the Queensland University of Technology. His website is

Kirsty Murray is an award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults. Her nine novels plus numerous works of non-fiction and junior fiction are widely studied in schools in Australia as well as in Germany, the UK and the USA. She has been an Asialink Literature Resident at the University of Madras and a Creative Fellow of the State Library of Victoria. Her most recent novel, The Lilliputians (released in the UK and Australia as India Dark), is based on the true story of a theatrical troupe of Australian children that toured India in 1910. Her website is

Annie Zaidi is the author of ‘Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales’, a collection of essays that was short-listed for the Vodafone Crossword book awards (non-fiction, 2011), and the co-author of ‘The Bad Boy’s Guide to the Good Indian Girl’. Her work has appeared in various anthologies including Mumbai Noir; Women Changing India; India Shining, India Changing; and literary journals including Pratilipi, and Desilit. Her first Hindi play ‘Jaal’ opened in 2012 as part of Writers Bloc, in Mumbai. She is currently working on a collection of short stories and a new manuscript of poems. Her weblog is