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Dr Sheena Kalayil lands Writers' Guild Award

18 January 2018

Dr Sheena Kalayil, Senior English Language Tutor at the University Language Centre recently won a Writers Guild Award for best first novel, for The Bureau of Second Chances.

Dr Sheena Kalayil and the book cover for The Bureau of Second Chances
The Bureau of Second Chances by Sheena Kalayil - 'Sometimes going back is the only way to start again'.

The novel, which is based on a widower returning to his native India, was described by the University’s online arts journal, the Manchester Review, as "a compelling page-turner".

Dr Kalayil was born in Zambia in 1970 where her parents were teachers seconded from Kerala, India. She arrived in the UK aged eighteen and, after graduating, worked all over the world. She now teaches at The University of Manchester's University Language Centre and is currently completing a doctorate in Linguistics.

She lives near Manchester with her husband and two daughters.

The Writers' Guild Award ceremony took place at the College of Physicians in central London, on Monday, 15 January 2018. Amongst the presenters were Paul Merton, Daisy Goodwin, April De Angelis, Helen Lederer, Mata Haggis, Howard Read, Charlie Hardwick, Tony Grisoni, Lisa Evans, Natalie Cutler, Jack Docherty, Brenda Gilhooly and Stefan Booth.

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