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Bidisha (1996) is a writer, columnist, broadcaster and critic specialising in the arts and culture, social issues and international affairs.

She began writing for arts magazines and newspapers at 14 and published her first novel, Seahorses, during her first year at the Hall. Her second, the thriller Too Fast to Live, was published when she was 21. Venetian Masters - a bestselling travel memoir – appeared in 2008. Her fourth book, a Middle Eastern reportage entitled Beyond the Wall: Writing a Path Through Palestine, was published in 2012.

She writes for The Guardian, The Observer, New Humanist, The Financial Times, The New Statesman, Myslexia and The Independent on Sunday. She has written regular columns in The Big Issue, The Independent and The Guardian.

Bidisha has judged the Orange Prize, the BBC World Cinema Awards, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Bristol Short Story Prize, the Polari Prize and the Comment Awards.

In addition to her writing she presents arts series and documentaries for BBC radio and television, having presented the World Service books show The Word, the arts shows The Strand (World Service) and Night Waves (Radio 3) and guest presented Woman's Hour and Saturday Review. She is also a regular on Front Row, Sunday Morning Live and The Review Show.

She has crafted and presented documentaries on text in art, Iris Murdoch, the countertenor voice and Jung.

Bidisha also produces and presents live arts debates and readings at festivals and venues around the world.

web: bidisha-online.blogspot.co.uk