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Khatijah Balu

  • TLC Free Read Award, 2022
Khatijah Balu

Khatijah Balu is a writer and works with Autistic and SEN children. She lives in Blackburn, Lancashire, is an IBD warrior, and holds a Master’s in Creative Writing with English Literary Studies from Lancaster University. She is currently writing YA and short fiction. In 2021, her work was longlisted for the Aurora Prize for Writing, and right now, she is focusing on her debut, a homage to murder mysteries, teenagehood and everything high-school related, written through the lens of a South Asian Muslim. When she isn’t writing, she can be found chasing her cat down the street or adding more books to an endless TBR pile.


‘For me, the award is more than winning an accolade to add to my writing biography, but more of a recognition of my creative endeavours, and, of course, the start of a new chapter in my writing life.’

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