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Geetha Balakrishnan


Geetha Balakrishnan is a fiction writer from Sydney, Australia, whose work explores issues of race, gender, exile, and loss in the legacy of colonialism. Her work is deeply influenced by her Sri Lankan Tamil background and her political perspective on the 30-year civil war informs the way she interprets the rise of identity politics in Australia. Balakrishnan’s work seeks to disrupt simplified tropes that have historically represented minorities in Western literature, using sophisticated characters that reflect the experiences of those living on the margins of dominant cultures.

She was the 2014 recipient of the ArtStart Grant awarded by Australia Council for development of unpublished fiction manuscript, is an alumni of Voices of Our Nations Workshop (VONA) for Writers of Colour (2015 and 2016) and holds an MA in Cultural and Creative Practice from The University of Western Sydney (2013).

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