Sharon Duggal

Sharon Duggal was born to parents who immigrated to the UK from the Punjab, India and she grew up in and around Handsworth, Birmingham. She lived in London for many years and now lives in Brighton & Hove.

Sharon is a writer, campaigner and a community radio producer/presenter amongst other things. She was a runner-up in the Decibel-Penguin Prize for Short Stories and a recipient of a TLC (The Literary Consultancy) bursary from New Writing South for her writing-in-progress. She has an MPhil in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex. Sharon delivers workshops and talks on creative writing and has worked in arts and literature/reader development for over 20 years.

The Handsworth Times is her first novel and was published by Bluemoose Books in September 2016. It was chosen by the Morning Star Newspaper as their fiction ‘Book of the Year 2016’ and selected as Brighton’s City Reads 2017, as part of Brighton Festival 2017 with Guest Director, Kate Tempest.