Rosie Dastgir is a writer and novelist who was born in Bedford, England to a Pakistani father and an English mother. She is based in London, having lived in Brooklyn, New York between 2005 and 2012.
While in Brooklyn, she wrote her first novel, A Small Fortune, which is published in the US, the UK and France. Her radio play, Love at Last Sight, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in February 2014, and her play Bevan’s Baby, a docu-drama about the National Health Service, formed part of the 2014 PlayWrought Festival at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston.
Her non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella Magazine, and Prospect magazine online. She is a contributing writer for the blog Spitalfields Life, and teaches creative writing classes.
Rosie regularly speaks at events and festivals, including the London South Asian Literature Festival, the WriteIdea Festival, Open Davos in Switzerland, and the Birmingham Literature Festival. She attended the 2014 Lahore Literature Festival, winning the Perveen Shakir Fiction Award, and is shortlisted for the Readers’ Prize at the 2015 European Literature Festival in Cognac, France.
She graduated from Oxford University with a BA in English and was then appointed a Harkness Fellow, attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and gaining an MFA in film. She worked in BBC Documentaries for several years, followed by a stint at the European Script Fund, before becoming a full-time writer.
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