PRESS CUTTINGS – a summary

I’ve pulled together a summary of my press cuttings (in case anyone is Googling me…):


ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler: 

The Australian:…shankari…/%20a4310823626c4853e60a96fa9ad4d3d8

The Sydney Morning Herald (Pick of the Week):

Book review:



Scroll India Review:

The Economist:

The Island Review:

SBS Tamil Radio Interview: and

The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka):

Tamil Culture (Diaspora Website):




I have also been featured extensively in Sri Lanka in Hi! Magazine (a popular lifestyle magazine), Sri Lankan papers, the Subcontinent Voice (an Australian South Asian paper) and numerous book review sites.

The Norma K Hemming Award 2018 – The Barrier shortlisted

The Barrier has been shortlisted for the 2018 Norma K Hemming Award for Speculative Fiction. I am thrilled to be on this list with exceptional writers (Claire G Coleman and Julie Koh to name just two). Here’s the blurb:

The Norma K Hemming Award, under the auspices of the Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF), announces the 2018 finalists.

The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) is delighted to announce the 2018 shortlists for the Norma K Hemming Award, which covers works published in 2016-2017. Designed to recognise excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a published speculative fiction work, the jury of the Norma K Hemming Award considered 130 entries published in 2016 and 2017 across the long and short form categories, comprised of short fiction, novellas, novels, edited anthologies, collections, graphic novels and stage plays.

2018 Norma K Hemming Finalists Announcement

Interview – Allen & Overy Alumni Yearbook 2017

So lovely to be featured in the A&O Alumni Yearbook. The decade at Allen & Overy was wonderful – spent with dedicated friends, clients and colleagues. I learnt so much about the role lawyers can play in the delivery of social justice. The work features in my creative writing and the way we raise our children. I left the firm grateful for the opportunity to work there and the friends who have stayed with me.

Review – Emily Maguire and the Feminist Writers Festival

I think Emily Maguire just recommended both my books as her favourite feminist reads of 2017.

Yep. I have no words, just gratitude.

Interview – The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) – the countdown to Galle

Lovely review in The Sunday Times – less than a month to go before the Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

Review – Scroll India

This is a beautiful review by Sharanya Manivannan for Scroll India. I’m totally blown away by it and very grateful.

Review – The Australian

I’m so excited about this review in The Australian. It’s titled Disruptive Forces and has a picture of Benji (our cavoodle) and me. Too true, when it comes to Benji.…shankari…/%20a4310823626c4853e60a96fa9ad4d3d8

Review – Canberra Weekly

Ok, so they spelled my name incorrectly. And I’m from Canberra. However, it’s a great review. Thank you Canberra Weekly.


Canberra Weekly

Interview – Conversations with Richard Fidler

OK, this has been my favourite moment so far (aside from the whole publishing a book thing).

Richard Fidler was, in person, exactly as he is on the radio – a delightful, interested and interesting interviewer. We talked about Hinduism, my parents, dissecting goats and Guantanamo Bay.

Here is my Conversation with Richard Fidler:

Interview – Australian Writers’ Centre

I did an interview recently with the AWC, talking about their brilliant Crime and Thriller Writing course, as well as life as a new author. Thank you very much to Su Lin for letting me borrow her beautiful home. She should be in PR.