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Harminder Kaur

  • Andrea Badenoch Award, 2021

Harminder Kaur was born in the UK to Indian parents. She studied creative writing at UEA as part of her BA in Literature and Film. After an MA in Literature at Sussex, Harminder has done a wide variety of jobs, including drug and alcohol worker, chef and kitchen manager, lecturer, live-in carer, and researcher.

Harminder’s life was interrupted by the onset of schizophrenia while she was studying for a PhD. One of the positive aspects of her illness was that it was a spiritual experience which led to her to becoming a Christian. She is currently writing a work of literary fiction which is made up of a series of linked stories about mental illness, race and faith.

In 2020 she was longlisted for the Penguin WriteNow programme.

In 2021 she received the Laura Kinsella Fellowship from the National Centre for Writing.

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