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“It’s hard to put into words the feelings when you realise that you’ve become the writer you always wanted to be – so I won’t try.”

Walk, Walk, Walk. Niven Govinden speaks for silenced voices of NY drag queens, the male muse, the toxic teens of suburbia

Niven Govinden in conversation with Roopa Farooki

In 2020, the year before his most recent, celebrated novel, Diary of a Film, Niven Govinden reflected on his career as a writer of myriad genres


Niven Govinden is the author of six novels, including All The Days And Nights which was long-listed for the Folio Prize and shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize. His third novel Black Bread White Beer won the 2013 Fiction Uncovered Prize. He was a judge for the 2017 4th Estate/Guardian B4ME Prize.

Diary of a Film was long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize and is currently being developed for the screen. This Brutal House was long-listed for the Jhalak Prize and shortlisted for the Polari and Gordon Burn Prizes.