Brief Bio

Leela Soma was born in Madras, India and now lives in Glasgow. Her 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, Espressofied, (USA) The Grind, New Voices and Gutter magazine. She 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.  She 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 her 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. She is working on her third novel, a crime fiction, set in Glasgow’s West End.

Her first poetry pamphlet was ‘From Madras to Milngavie.’ Some of her poems have been in Gutter magazine, New Voices, The Grind, Visual Verse, Karma Café, The Writer’s Café and The Blue Nib. Her poems were published in the magazine Steel Bellows, in USA, in the late fall of 2016. Her third collection of poetry is ‘Tartan & Turmeric, poems that often touch on the connections between India and Scotland.

She has served on the committee for the Milngavie Books and Arts Festivals and on the Scottish Writer’s Centre Committee. She is on the Milngavie Week Committee and on the East Dunbartonshire Arts and Culture Committee. Her work reflects her dual heritage of India and Scotland.

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