BIO

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JOURNALISM

Wersha is an award-nominated journalist with over 15 years publishing experience with features published in The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and The Sunday Times.

BOOKS (FICTION) 

Wersha’s debut Ebook collection of short stories, “The Birmingham Collection – Funny Short Stories for Unsettling Times” has been published by Patrician Press in 2020. Buy your copy here:

“A playful collection with a strong and inventive voice, The Birmingham Collection is a deceptively lighthearted read that’s perfect for #LockdownReading and beyond, but is also an up-to-the-minute exploration of big themes, and moves effortlessly in tone from endearing, to deliciously dark, to infinitely hopeful, and everything in between. ” Desi Reads, 2020 Read the full  Desi Reads review here:

The book has been reviewed by best-selling author, Erin Kelly (He Said/ She Said & Author Kia Abdullah said: “Quirky, smart and deliciously acerbic, The Birmingham Collection tackles prejudice, power and privilege with a sharp, entertaining wit. This gem of a collection deserves instant re-reading.” 

Wersha’s short story, “This is Earth” is published in The Tempest: A Patrician Press Anthology (2019). Buy your copy here:

PLAYS (RADIO & STAGE) 

Wersha is also a playwright. Her latest verbatim play. ‘What We Are Made Of’  was commissioned for The Migration Matters Festival 2020.

The play had a global audience of 4000 viewers during the live stream premiere and has amassed over 9000 viewers from Australia, Canada, India, Oman, Kenya, Dubai, Tanzania and the UK since. Read here for a full review and interviews with Wersha and the cast in India Inc’s iGlobal News here.

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: The play is currently available to view via The Migration Matters Festival Online website, and while there wasn’t funding /ability to subtitle the play or present in BSL during the festival, Wersha is able to email copies of the script to anyone who is deaf or hearing impaired / requires captioned performances to read while watching the digital play. Please email wersha@wersha.co.uk.

Her first full length play : I Go Home Now’ was staged by Kali Theatre (London) in October 2017 at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London. It was directed by Rosamunde Hutt (Love, Bombs & Apples and Pursued By A Bear Theatre) and starred Harmage Singh Kalirai and Shireen Farqhoy

Wersha is currently working on researching and developing two more plays and is developing a feature film script with a UK production company. 

CREATIVE WRITING (LECTURES, WORKSHOPS, TEACHING & TUTORING)

Wersha heads up creative writing workshops for schools and organisations including disadvantaged communities and arts organisations. She lectures in journalism, creative writing, narrative non-fiction and media at Birmingham City University. Please email wersha@wersha.co.uk or contact via LinkedIn to book lectures, workshops and seminars in the UK and abroad.

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