Sharon Duggal is a writer, campaigner and radio presenter/producer amongst other things. She is one of six siblings and was born to parents who immigrated to the UK from the Punjab, India. She grew up in and around inner-city Birmingham.

Her acclaimed debut novel, The Handsworth Times (pub. Bluemoose Books) centres on the struggles of a British-Asian family against a backdrop of unemployment, social unrest, neglected communities, incredible music and the healing power of direct action in 1980’s working-class Birmingham. The novel was chosen as The Morning Star’s fiction ‘Book of the Year 2016‘ and as the title for Brighton City Reads 2017.

Sharon is the recipient of a grant from Arts Council England  for the creative development of her second novel, which is currently in progress.

She has a Master of Philosophy degree in Creative Writing from University of Sussex and regularly delivers workshops and talks on creative writing and on reading. She is also one half of  RadioReverb‘s The Ruben and Sharon Show; the UK’s only regular inter-generational radio show with a mum and son presenter team.

Sharon is the 2018 Writer in Residence for Creative Future

 More about Sharon: My journey to becoming a published author.