Lakshmi Holmström is a writer and translator who was born in India, studied at Madras and Oxford universities, and now lives in England.
She is the author of Indian Fiction in English: the Novels of R. K. Narayan (Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 1973), editor of The Inner Courtyard: Short Stories by Indian Women (London: Virago, 1990), and co-editor of Writing from India (Cambridge University Press, 1994), a collection of stories from India for readers aged 14‑16.
Her re-telling of the fifth-century Tamil narrative poems Silappadikaram and Manimekalai was published in 1996 (Madras: Orient Longman). Her main work has been in translating the short stories and novels of the major contemporary writers in Tamil: Mauni, Pudumaippittan, Ashokamitran, Sundara Ramaswamy, Ambai, Baama and Imayam. In 2000 she received the Crossword Book Award in India, for translation of Karukku by Bama.
Lakshmi is a Founder-Trustee of SALIDAA (South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive).