Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Brookes Appoints Rising Star Novelist to its Creative Writing Team

Wednesday, 07 August 2013


The MA Creative Writing team at Oxford Brookes University has expanded its in-house expertise with the appointment of novelist Nikita Lalwani. Lalwani was born in Rajasthan and raised in Cardiff. Her first novel Gifted is set in 1980s Cardiff where maths prodigy Rumi Vasi grows up with her Hindu parents, but leaves for Oxford at the age of 15. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2007, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the novel also gained Nikita a nomination as Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. In June 2008 Nikita Lalwani won the Desmond Elliot Prize for New Fiction, which she donated to the human rights organisation Liberty. Her second novel The Village was published in 2012 by Penguin and Random House. Set in a village modelled on a real-life open prison in India, The Village is a gripping story about manipulation and personal morality, about how truly frail our moral judgement can be. In May 2013 it was selected as one of eight novels for the Fiction Uncovered campaign for the best of British fiction. In 2013 Nikita was a judge for the book section of the Orwell Prize, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Head of English and Modern Languages, Dr Simon Kövesi, is delighted. ‘Nikita is a hugely talented novelist, and an experienced, gifted teacher of the art of writing. We are hugely proud to have her join Jim and Tobias on our creative writing team, and look forward to the new directions in which Nikita will help us develop writing at Brookes.’ Nikita Lalwani discusses her latest novel, The Village: