Rahila Gupta is a freelance journalist and writer. Her latest book, a dramatic monologue, Don’t Wake Me: the ballad of Nihal Armstrong, was published in 2013. An abridged version of this ballad was produced and toured as a theatre piece in London and the South-east and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013. It was nominated for Best New Play for the Off-West End awards in 2014.
She has contributed short stories and poems to many anthologies and journals. She co-edited with Rukhsana Ahmad a collection of short stories by Asian women, Flaming Spirit (Virago, 1994). With Kiranjit Ahluwalia she wrote Circle of Light (HarperCollins, 1997), ‘the story of a battered woman who killed her violent husband’, and co-scripted the feature film Provoked, which was based on the book and released in 2007. As a journalist, she writes for the Guardian and openDemocracy among other papers and websites.