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Tara Guha

  • Northern Writers’ Award for Fiction, 2019
Tara Guha

Tara Guha was the winner of the Luke Bitmead Bursary 2014, one of the biggest UK prizes for unpublished novelists. Her debut novel, Untouchable Things, was released by Legend Press in 2015 and became a Kindle Bestseller. Tara is of dual Indian/British heritage and spent her childhood in the Ribble Valley, passing many a wet day writing poetry and music, before heading off to the dryer plains of Cambridge to study English. Her career path has been windy: from promoting artists such as Placido Domingo and Vanessa-Mae in the classical music industry, to promoting race relations for Greater Manchester Police in Salford. But writing has been a constant companion, initially in the form of performance poetry and freelance journalism, published in various national music magazines. After coming runner- up in a memoir competition for Psychologies magazine, Tara decided to try her hand at novel writing. Juggling the competing demands of parenthood and work meant that her first novel took longer than expected, but she hopes that her second book, aided by a Northern Writers’ Award, will see the light of day a little more quickly.

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