ELIZABETH CHAKRABARTYis an interdisciplinary artist using creative and critical writing, besides performance, to explore themes of race, gender and sexuality. Her story Eurovision was short-listed for the Asian Writer Short Story Prize, published in Dividing Lines (Dahlia Publishing, 2017). Her shorter creative-critical work has appeared in English and in translation in New Writing Dundee, Women and the Arts, Glänta, and Espace Lesbien Rencontres et Revue d'Etudes Lesbiennes. Her critical writing appears in Critical Race Theory in England (Routledge, 2014), Race Ethnicity and Education, and Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, articles emerging from her research funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. She a contributor in a new anthology edited by Kirsty Gunn, Imagined Spaces, to be published in Summer 2020 (Saraband). To complete her novel, Lessons in Love and Other Crimes, she was awarded in December 2018 a major grant from The Society of Authors (UK).
Elizabeth Chakrabarty’s first novel, Lessons in Love and Other Crimes, is an innovative hybrid of auto-fiction, crime fiction and critical race memoir, a multi-layered yet compulsively readable novel inspired by the author´s real and extended experience of serious racial harassment, and exploring her search for justice and also for love. Sold in a world rights pre-empt to The Indigo Press to publish in March 2021! Translation rights are with The Marsh Agency!
Tesya has reasons to feel hopeful after leaving her last job, where she was subjected to a series of anonymous hate crimes. Now she is back home in London to start a new lecturing position, and has begun an exciting, if tumultuous, love affair with the enigmatic Holly. But this idyllic new start quickly sours. Tesya finds herself victimized again at work by an unknown assailant, who subjects her to an insidious, sustained race hate crime. As her paranoia mounts, Tesya finds herself yearning for the most elemental of desires: love, acceptance, and sanctuary. Her assailant, meanwhile, is recording his manifesto, and plotting his next steps. Inspired by the author’s personal experiences of hate crime and bookended with essays which contextualise the story within a lifetime of microaggressions, Lessons in Love and Other Crimes is a heart-breaking, hopeful, and compulsively readable novel about the most quotidian of crimes.
Read her article in Gal-dem, Travelling to Catalonia and coping with racism in a foreign language