About the Author

I was born in Madras, India and now live in Glasgow. My poems and short stories have been published in a number of anthologies and publications, including the National newspaper The Scotsman, The Glasgow Review of Books, The Grind, New Voices and Gutter magazine. I won the Margaret Thomson Davis Trophy for her novel ‘Twice Born’ (2008.) Her second novel ‘Bombay Baby’ was published by Dahlia Publishing Limited in 2011. ‘Boxed In’ a short story collection e-book was published by The Pot Hole Press in 2013.  I was commissioned along with 21 other writers and artists to write a story for Glasgow Women’s Library anthology 21 Revolutions for its 21st birthday in 2013. One of my stories is in the anthology, launched on August 7th 2015, ‘Butterfly Rammy’ a commissioned short story for the Edinburgh Fringe show 2015. Her story ‘Pavilion’ was published in the anthology ‘Joe Stepped off the Train’ (4/4/2016) raising money for the charity War Child. I am working on her third novel a crime fiction set in Glasgow’s West End.


My first poetry pamphlet was ‘From Madras to Milngavie.’ Some of my poems have been in Gutter magazine, New Voices, The Grind, and Visual Verse. My poems were published in the magazine Steel Bellows, in USA, in the late. Fall of 2016. My new  poetry collection ‘Tartan and Turmeric’ (2018) was well received and is available on Amazon.

I have served on the committee for the Milngavie Books and Arts Festivals and on the Scottish Writer’s Centre Committee. I’m serving on The East Dunbartonshire Arts & Culture Committee.

My work reflects my dual heritage of India and Scotland.

Visit my author page on Amazon for my books: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Leela-Soma/e/B00412LLCE

Email: leelasoma@hotmail.com

Twitter ID : glasgowlee