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“Decolonising our reading and writing requires more than platitudes on diversity, or programmes of inclusion. We need initiatives that are not intended for the white gaze, that can resist the lure of whiteness and continue to centre a decolonising impulse to resist, challenge, defy and revolt.”

A writer and literary activist


Sunny Singh’s debut novel, Nani’s Book Of Suicides (2000) was followed by a work of non-fiction, Single In The City: The Independent Woman’s Handbook (2001) . Her other novels include Krishna’s Eyes (2006), and Hotel Arcadia (2015) which was republished in 2024.

In 2017, she published a study of the Indian filmstar Amitabh Bachchan for the BFI. Her latest book A Bollywood State of Mind, a study in commercial Hindi cinema, was published in 2023. In 2016, she launched the Jhalak Prize for literature by writers of colour. She is also a founder of the Jhalak Foundation.

Sunny is Professor of Creative Writing and Inclusion in the Arts at the London Metropolitan University (UK).

Singh teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at the London Metropolitan University and is a founder of the Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour.