Anita Sethi was born and grew up in Manchester, UK and is an award-winning journalist, writer and critic.
She has pieces forthcoming in new anthologies including Women on Nature edited by Katharine Norbury (published 2019) and Common People edited by Kit de Waal (published Spring 2019).
She is also a contributor to the anthologies We Mark Your Memory (2018), Seaside Special: Postcards From The Edge (2018) as well as the Seasons nature writing anthology edited by Melissa Harrison (2016), Solstice Shorts, Roads Ahead and From There to Here: True Tales of Immigration to Britain.
She has written for national and international newspapers and magazines including the Guardian and Observer, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, the i paper, Independent, Independent on Sunday, FT Life & Arts and FT Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, New Statesman, Granta, Times Literary Supplement, The Pool, Harpers Bazaar and BBC Travel among others. In broadcasting she has appeared on channels including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service, and ABC Australia. She has interviewed many writers, musicians and artists.
She is recipient of a Society of Authors Award and was a finalist for Journalist of the Year at the Asian Media Awards.
She has appeared variously as a speaker, presenter and chair-person/interviewer at the Hay Festival, Southbank Centre, Green Man Festival, Manchester Literature Festival, Latitude Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Ideas Festival, the Commonwealth People’s Forum part of CHOGM 2018 (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting), the British Library, RichMix, Foyles, Daunts and Waterstones among other venues. She has participated in festivals and events around the world including in Trinidad & Tobago, Kerala, Nairobi, the Maldives, Erbil (Iraq), and Melbourne, Australia, where she was an International Writer in Residence and Ambassador for Journalism at the Emerging Writers Festival and a writing fellow at the Wheeler Centre of Books, Writing and Ideas.
She is a Judge of the Costa Book Awards 2018, has also judged prizes including the David Cohen Prize for Literature and the Solstice Shorts short story award, and is an Academician in the Folio Academy of the Rathbones Folio Prize.