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Lakshmi Holmström
Lakshmi Holmström
Fellow at University of East Anglia, 2003-06

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).