amal chatterjee


short plays

Finding José
(one night a team of aid workers loses the newest member of their team ...
featured in

Tamasha Theatre's Scratch Night,  Richmix, London, 25 May, 2018
"Foreign Goods Last Forever 3", Pokfulam Road Productions, Arcola Theatre, 28 Jan 2018

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Dreams of England

(a parent responds to a child’s question about a distant country, evoking questions and stories of borders, migration, belonging and gender)
  "Foreign Goods Last Forever 2", Pokfulam Road Productions, Theatre 503, London (24, 25 April 2017) & Untold Stories, Slam, King's Cross, London, (29, 30 April 2017)

on writing

Writers on Writing
(editor & contributor)
original writing and reflective essays about the process of creation
  by  Jane Draycott, Kathryn Heyman, Sabyn Jillani, Emily Raboteau, Colm Breathnach, Fred D'Aguiar, Philip Gross, Amal Chatterjee.
Creative Writing Studies, UK, 2013.
available from Blackwell's, Amazon ...


Across the Lakes
a novel set in Kolkata/Calcutta.
Phoenix House UK & Penguin India, 1998.


Selection short fiction & other writing

"Hengshan Park"(was on, 2016)
"Is India a Bully to Neighbouring Countries?/Start with Sri Lanka"  (with Siddharth Chatterjee, in the Times of India, Huffington Post, Economic Times) September 2013
"Seven times three", in Algebra, the online magazine of the Tramway Theatre, Glasgow, August 2011. (retrieved from the Internet Archives Wayback Machine)
"Raymond",  TimeOut Amsterdam, 2008.
"Schooldays", Departures, "India Now" issue, Oct 2008.
"Destiny", excerpt from a novel-in-progress, Nirvanas, in the bookzine Atlas:01, 2006.

(retrieved from the Internet Archives Wayback Machine)
 "Birth", for "The Perforated Spirit: Three Eerie Tales" (collaboration with Bill Broady & Paul Houghton), Ilkley Literature Festival, 2000.


Member of the story team  for the Amsterdam 48 hour film project, Sense of Direction, in 2007.

Book Reviews

Book reviewer, Trouw, the Dutch newspaper (in Dutch, search here). Since 2009.
Subjects include fiction, history, contemporary British, contemporary Pakistani writing,  Booker Prize shortlists.


Awards & Residences

Writer in residence, Shanghai Writers Association, China, Sept-Oct 2011.
Creative Scotland Awards, shortlist, 2001.
Writer-in-Residence at the Ilkley Literature Festival, UK, 2000.
Scottish Arts Council Writer's Bursary, 1998.
Crossword (India) Best Novel Award, shortlist, 1998.

Literary Festival Advisory

Adviser, Writers Unlimited (formerly Winternnachten), Literary Festival of the city of the Hague, the Netherlands, since 2010.



Creative Writing Teaching

Other teaching

  • Trainer, Academic Writing, Writing for Publication, Lecturing in English for the Taalcentrum, Vrije Universiteit (Free University) Amsterdam; the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (University of Amsterdam); Aarhus School of Business, Denmark, University of Coimbra, Portugal, and at other institutions in the Netherlands and Europe. Since 2007.
  • Freelance language consultant & trainer (since 2007, see tomali languages for details)
  • Lecturer, English, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, 2001 - 2006.
  • Lecturer, English, Hogeschool Inholland, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2001 - 2002.
  • Tutor, English as a Foreign Language, University of Glasgow, UK 1990 - 2001.
  • Tutor to Testamur, Dept. of Applied Linguistics, University of Exeter, UK, 1993 - 1994.
  • Lecturer, ESOL & Communication, Langside College, Glasgow, UK, 1990 - 1992.

Articles in the Media (selected)


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