Gayathiri Kamalakanthan

Gayathiri is a Tamil theatre-maker and poet. Their work explores how language shapes adolescence and how we might use it to queer the future. Gayathiri won the Disabled Poets Prize 2024, the Faber & Andlyn Publisher’s Prize 2022 and the Primadonna Fiction Prize 2021. Gayathiri runs Queering Lit, a workshop series on the business of writing for queer writers of colour supported by the Royal Society of Literature. They are an alum of Soho Writers’ Lab, Tamasha Playwrights, London Library Emerging Writers and Oxford Playhouse Playmakers. Gayathiri’s debut play PERIOD PARRRTY is in development with Kali Theatre and their debut novel is forthcoming with Faber. gayathiri.co.uk.


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