Bidisha

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Bidisha
Born (1978-07-29) July 29, 1978 (age 36)
London
Occupation writer / broadcaster / critic
Language English
Nationality British
Ethnicity Indian, Bengali
Alma mater St Edmund Hall, Oxford
Period 1993-present

Bidisha (born Bidisha Bandyopadhyay[1] and now known as Bidisha SK Mamata)[2][3][4][5] is a broadcaster and journalist specialising in international affairs, social justice issues, arts and culture and international human rights.[6][7] She began writing professionally for arts magazines such as i-D, Dazed and Confused and the NME at the age of 14 and published her first novel at 18.[8] She writes for The Guardian and The Huffington Post and works as a TV and radio presenter for the BBC, presenting programmes such as Woman's Hour. She also does outreach work in UK detention centres and prisons, in affiliation with literary and human rights organisation English PEN.

Early life[edit]

Bidisha is an only child; her parents are both lecturers in information technology and emigrated from India in 1972.[9][10] She was educated at the private school Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls and speaks English and Bengali.[11] She studied Old and Middle English at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford[8][12] and gained an MSc in Moral and Political Philosophy and Economic History at the London School of Economics.

Writing[edit]

Bidisha began writing for arts magazines i-D, Oyster, Volume, Dazed and Confused and the NME at 15, after launching a style fanzine at 14 as part of the Riot Grrl movement. In 1995 at the age of 16 Bidisha signed a £15,000 book deal with HarperCollins. Her first novel, Seahorses, was published two years later, during her first year at university.[9] During this time she also had regular opinion columns in The Big Issue magazine, The Daily Telegraph and the Thursday edition of The Independent newspaper. Bidisha's second novel, the thriller Too Fast to Live, was published when she was 21. Her third book, Venetian Masters - a travel memoir - was published in February 2008.[13] She was a contributing editor of the women's literary magazine Sibyl and the style magazine 2nd Generation and has written for The Guardian, the Financial Times, Mslexia, The Observer, New Statesman and arts magazine The List.[14]

International affairs were the subject of Venetian Masters (2008), which focused on Northern Italy and Beyond the Wall (2012) a work of reportage from Palestine. In 2013 she became a Fellow of the International Reporting Project run by Johns Hopkins University in Washington and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her role is to focus on international development issues as part of a global network of reporters.[15]

Bidisha was one of the judges for the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction and was announced as one of the judges of the 2010 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.[16]

Broadcasting[edit]

In parallel with her writing, Bidisha has developed a career as a radio and TV arts critic and presenter.[17] She is a regular guest on The Big Questions and Sunday Morning Live (BBC One), and also appeared on BBC Two's Newsnight Review (BBC Two). For BBC Radio 4 she has contributed regularly to and presented Saturday Review, Front Row Archive on Four, Heart and Soul and Woman's Hour.[18] She was one of the regular presenters of BBC Radio 3's flagship arts programme, Night Waves. On the World Service she was a guest presenter of the books programme The Word and was a regular presenter for The Strand.[19] For Radio 3 and Radio 4 she has presented documentaries on Carl Jung, Iris Murdoch,[20] the role of text in art (in Texting Andy Warhol) and The Countertenor.[21]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "On the Threshold". tes.co.uk. 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  2. ^ Mamata, Bidisha ShonarKoli — International Reporting Project
  3. ^ BIDISHA SHONARKOLI MAMATA director information. Free director information
  4. ^ Company Director Details for Bidisha Shonarkoli Mamata in EC1R 0AP
  5. ^ october » Modernrationalist
  6. ^ "Bigger the ego, harder the fall". Smh.com.au. 2011-05-21. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  7. ^ Posted by Bidisha (2011-07-20). "Bidisha: "The opposite to a feminist is an arsehole"". Bidisha-online.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  8. ^ a b "BBC Radio 3 biography". Archived from the original on 22 April 2009. 
  9. ^ a b 'On the threshold'. Times Educational Supplement 21 March 1997 Retrieved 26 May 2010
  10. ^ The Oxford English Literary History ... - Google Books. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  11. ^ "Ziptang.com: Interview: Bidisha - Anisha Jhina". Ziptang.velvetbug.com. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  12. ^ http://www.seh.ox.ac.uk/index.php?section=16 List of famous graduates of St Edmund Hall, Oxford
  13. ^ "Bidisha" Retrieved 26 July 2010
  14. ^ Bidisha. "Bring me sunshine - Gilbert and George at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - A look at the history of the art duo". Edinburghfestival.list.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  15. ^ Fellows & Editors — International Reporting Project
  16. ^ "Book Trade Announcements - Judges Announced For The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2010". booktrade.info. 2010-07-02. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  17. ^ "The comeback kid: Whatever happened to fiesty, mono-monikered teenage author Bidisha?" The Independent 2March 2008 Retrieved 25 July 2010
  18. ^ "Woman's Hour 26-07-2010" BBC.CO.UK Retrieved 25 July 2010
  19. ^ "Bidisha" BBC Profile 28 April 2006 26 July 2010
  20. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Archive on 4, An Unofficial Iris
  21. ^ BBC Radio 4 - The Countertenor

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