Yasmin Keyani studied for a degree in Film and English Studies at the University of East Anglia in Norwich and has worked as a librarian, a bookseller and in publishing at The Womenâ€™s Press and Penguin Books in London. She loves books!
She writes both fiction and non-fiction and has been published online and in print. She has won competitions for her short stories and flash fiction.
Yasmin Keyani in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1980 in Colchester, England.
What do you love about short stories?I love the need to be compact, precise and daring.
Do you write in other forms?Anything and everything.
What distracts you from writing?Family and day dreaming.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Photos, drawing, knitting and films.
What is your favourite book?I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.
Who are your favourite writers?Charles Dickens, Penelope Fitzgerald and P.G. Wodehouse.
Where is your dream location?New York.
What one item would you put into Room 101?Buses that are 'not in service' when you've been waiting in the rain for hours.
Do you have any advice for new writers?There is no magic pill for writing well, you just have to keep writing and learning as you go.
Work by Yasmin Keyani:
18 year old Jemima is still grieving over the death of her mother and unborn sibling two years before and still arguing with her father about her dreams of moving away from home and going to university. We walk with her and best friend Monica as they walk to work and find an empty pram. This triggers a lot of upset in Jem and we hear about what really happened to her mother.
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