Anita Sethi was born in Manchester, UK and is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster who has written for national and international newspapers and magazines including the Guardian and Observer, the i paper, Independent, Independent on Sunday, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The National, New Statesman, Granta, Harpers Bazaar, Times Literary Supplement and BBC Travel among others. In broadcasting she has appeared as a guest critic and commentator, panellist and co-presenter on several channels including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, the World Service, and ABC Australia.
She has pieces forthcoming in new anthologies including Common People edited by Kit de Waal (published Spring 2019), Women on Nature edited by Katharine Norbury and Seaside Special: Postcards from the Edge edited by Jenn Ashworth (published May 2018). She is also a contributor to the anthologies We Mark Your Memory edited by David Dabydeen, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen and(published April 2018), as well as Seasons nature writing anthology edited by Melissa Harrison (2016), Solstice Shorts, Roads Ahead and From There to Here: True Tales of Immigration to Britain.
She is recipient of a Society of Authors Award, Penguin/decibel Prize, Arts Council writing award, and Travelling Fellowship. She was a finalist for Journalist of the Year at the Asian Media Awards and Writer of the Year at the Northern Soul Awards 2018.
She has appeared variously as a speaker, presenter and chair-person/interviewer at the Commonwealth People’s Forum part of CHOGM 2018 (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting), Hay Festival, Southbank Centre, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Latitude Festival, Green Man Festival, Manchester Literature Festival, Ideas Festival, the British Library, RichMix, Foyles, Daunts, among others, and at many bookshops. She has participated in festivals and events around the world including in Trinidad & Tobago, Kerala, Nairobi, the Maldives, Erbil (Iraq), and Melbourne, Australia, where she was an International Writer in Residence and Ambassador for Journalism at the Emerging Writers Festival and a writing fellow at the Wheeler Centre of Books, Writing and Ideas.
She has interviewed leading writers, musicians, artists, politicians and public figures including Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Zadie Smith, Billy Bragg, Robert Macfarlane, Louis de Bernieres, Anne Michaels, Vikram Seth, Ian Rankin, Paul Theroux, Tracey Thorn, Julian Cope, Michael Nyman, Antonio Carluccio and Harriet Harman and has worked as a columnist, critic and feature writer.
She is a Judge of the British Book Awards 2019, Costa Book Awards 2018, has also judged prizes including the David Cohen Prize for Literature and the Solstice Shorts short story award, and is an Academician in the Folio Academy of the Rathbones Folio Prize.