Oh, this is where I should list a bunch of awards I’ve won, so I can appear more credible to you, right?  OK so…

Creative Writing awards

2nd Place for the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2016 – Awarded biennially to an unpublished fiction manuscript by a Black or Asian woman.  This is based on the as-yet-unpublished manuscript of my upcoming novel Dark Chapter.

Highly Commended for the CWA Debut Dagger 2015 – Awarded to a debut novelist by the Crime Writers’ Association.  This was based on the opening and synopsis of my upcoming novel Dark Chapter.

Shortlisted for the James White Award 2015 – Awarded to an unpublished science fiction short story by the British Science Fiction Association and Interzone magazine.  This was for my short story “White Fur.”

Shortlisted for the Pat Kavanagh Prize 2015 – Awarded annually to a graduate of the Goldsmiths MA in Creative and Life Writing course by United Agents.  This was based on my final portfolio.

Activism Awards

Shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2016 (Social & Humanitarian category) – For my work as Co-Founder of the Clear Lines Festival and elsewhere on the issue of sexual assault.

Shortlisted for the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize 2015 (Individual Award) – Awarded to an individual whose writing challenges male violence against women.

Shortlisted for the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize 2015 (Group Award) – The festival I co-founded, Clear Lines, was recognized for our work to address male violence against women.

Academic distinctions

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Grant at the London School of Economics – I have been awarded three years’ of funding by the Economic and Social Research Council to pursue my PhD at the LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, starting in October 2015.  I’ll be researching the impact of social media on the public dialogue around rape.

George Mitchell Scholarship – In 2000, I was one of 12 American students selected as a George Mitchell Scholar to pursue graduate study in Ireland, in the inaugural year of the fellowship.  This was awarded by the US-Ireland Alliance to introduce future American leaders to Ireland.

Selected for the Leverhulme Trust seminar at the London School of Economics – A core cross-cohort interdisciplinary seminar in association with the International Inequalities Institute, which regularly meets to examine economic, social, cultural, and political inequalities in a global context.

Phi Beta Kappa – Selected in my Junior year at Harvard for academic excellence

MA (Distinction) in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, 2014.

MA (First Class Honours) in English at the National University of Ireland, Cork, 2001 – My area of study was Gender and Sexuality in Irish Writing.

AB (Summa Cum Laude) in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University, 2000 – My special field was Celtic Languages and Literature.

Film awards 

Selected for the Film London Emerging Producers Training Programme 2008

I’m not going to list all of them, but the films I’ve worked on have won various awards, including:

Vagabond Shoes (20 min, 2005) – Shortlisted (final 10) for Academy Awards 2007, Best Live Action short. Nominated for BAFTA Scotland Best Short Film. Winner of Kodak BAFTA Short Film Showcase: Best Film and Best Cinematography.  And 13 other festival awards.

Cashback (19 min, 2004 and 104 min, 2006) – The feature tied for Best Narrative Feature at the Bermuda Film Festival 2007. The short was nominated for the Academy Awards 2006, Best Live Action Short.  Won Gold Hugo for Best Narrative Short at the Chicago International Film Festival 2004 and Best Narrative Short at the Tribeca Film Festival 2005.  And 14 other festival awards.

The Broken (93 min, 2008) – Won Best Cinematography and nominated for Best Film at the Sitges-Catalonian International Film Festival 2008.



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