Umi Sinha

Umi Sinha was born in India and spent the first ten years of her life on a remote naval engineering base in the Western Ghats. She moved to Britain with her mother and siblings at the age of fifteen. Her mother, born in Kent, was a writer and an artist. Her father was one of the first Indians to be accepted as an officer in the Royal Indian Navy and served on the Arctic Convoys in the Second World War.

Her debut novel Belonging was published in 2015 by Myriad Editions and has recently been shortlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel of the Year Award 2016.

From the darkest days of the British Raj to the aftermath of the First World War, Belonging tells the interwoven story of three generations and their struggles to understand and free themselves from a troubled history steeped in colonial violence. This is a novel of secrets that unwind through Lila Langdon’s story of exile to England, through her grandmother Cecily’s letters home from India, and through the diaries kept by her father, Henry, as he puzzles over the enigma of his birth and his stormy marriage to the mysterious Rebecca.

Her short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies. She has an MA in Creative Writing and taught on the Certificate in Creative Writing at Sussex University for ten years. She currently teaches on the MA in Creative Writing at Brighton University. She also runs her own courses and workshops, mentors other writers, and offers manuscript appraisal and editing support, and resources for writers at her Writing Clinic.

Umi is also a performance storyteller. In 2006 she and a group of other storytellers founded The GuestHouse Storytellers, an oral storytelling club based in Newhaven, East Sussex.