Ramya Jegatheesan was born in London to Sri Lankan Tamil parents. She has a BA in English Literature and Language from University College London, an MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Warwick University and an MSc in Medical Humanities from King’s College, London.
She is a short story writer and is currently working on her first novel. Her short stories can be found in the 2015 UCL Publishers’ Prize anthology, the National Gallery’s Degazine, Untitled: Voices and REWRITE READS. She was longlisted for the Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize 2021 and published in the anthology of the same name. In 2020, her novel was shortlisted for Agora Books’ Lost the Plot Work in Progress Prize and longlisted for Penguin WriteNow. She is also a Hachette THRIVE Grow Your Story writer.
Ramya is a trustee of North Harrow Community Library is passionate about opening access to the arts, reading and creativity. Alongside the library team, she organises low-cost author events, open mics and workshops for all ages. Through her photography and creative writing project, Spinning Straws, she brought together visual artists and writers for short, hybrid pieces that melded the written and the seen. Spinning Straws also facilitated multiple open mics across England. You can find some of Ramya’s work here: https://linktr.ee/Ramya.Jegatheesan or follow her on Twitter (@RamyaAndTheWord) and Instagram (@RamyaJay19)