Kavita Bhanot


Kavita Bhanot is ECR Leverhulme Fellow at Leicester University. She wrote the landmark essay ‘Decolonise not Diversify’ in 2015. She has edited three short-story collections, including Too Asian, not Asian Enough and Book of Birmingham, and co-founded the Literature Must Fall collective and festival, with whom she organises reading groups and events. She is an editor with Media Diversified, for whom she curates essays under Literature Must Fall. Kavita is writing a book with Pluto Press on Literature Must Fall as a new paradigm for reading and writing and is co-editing, with Jeremy Tiang, an anthology on decolonising translation (Tilted Axis). Her translation of short stories by Anjali Kajal won a 2021 Pen Translates award and will be published by Comma Press in 2022.  She won third prize in the SI Leeds Literary Prize in 2018. For the last ten years she has been a reader and mentor with The Literary Consultancy, with whom she runs workshops with publishers on ethical editing, drawing on her research.