NSW Writers’ Fellow for 2018/2019 – Create NSW

I am thrilled and deeply grateful – the NSW Government has awarded me a Create NSW Artform Fellowship for 2018/19. This grant will make a huge difference to my career. It will enable me to travel to Sri Lanka to research my new work, Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens. I also hope to develop The Phantom Heart (for the proposed Ellie Ryder series) and undertake training and residencies. Being the NSW Writers’ Fellow for 2018/2019 is such an honour. Thank you Create NSW for your support, encouragement and faith.

Jonathan O’Dea, Member for Davidson commented too. He said: “This is incredibly exciting news for Shankari. I am delighted that she has received this prestigious Create NSW Fellowship and look forward to the positive impact on her literary career.”

He’s right. My children said, “Good job, Mummy. Can we have extra screen time to celebrate?”

Interview with the North Shore Times

You know how I hate having my photo taken? Well, for a day, the local streets were littered with this article (link below). I’m hugely grateful to Caroline Jumpertz and the North Shore Times for this profile of my work and the recent fellowship.

Read more about it here:

North Shore Times 15 Feb 2019


Dublin Literary Award 2019 – Song of the Sun God on the Long List

Public libraries are my favourite place in the whole world. Thank you Colombo Public Library for nominating Song of the Sun God. Here it is on the long-list: http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie/nomi…/song-of-the-sun-god/

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:  http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/conversations-shankari-chandran/8747086 

The Australian:  https://www.theaustralian.com.au/…shankari…/%20a4310823626c4853e60a96fa9ad4d3d8

The Sydney Morning Herald (Pick of the Week):  http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/the-barrier-review-shankari-chandrans-dystopic-vision-of-the-worlds-problems-20170619-gwtrmu.html

Book review:  http://www.charminglanguage.com/2017/08/17/review-barrier-shankari-chandran/







Scroll India Review: https://scroll.in/article/850851/here-is-a-candidate-for-the-global-sri-lankan-novel-and-it-is-only-the-authors-debut

The Economist: http://shankarichandran.com/review-economist-1843/

The Island Review: http://island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=163932

SBS Tamil Radio Interview: http://bit.ly/2r4FQHE and http://bit.ly/2r4PHwQ

The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka):  http://www.sundaytimes.lk/170813/plus/weaving-in-the-lankan-connection-from-without-254051.html

Tamil Culture (Diaspora Website):  https://tamilculture.com/lawyer-turned-author-shankari-chandran-tells-sri-lankas-political-story-through-fiction








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.