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.
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 & “I read these short stories in a single greedy gulp. Wersha’s voice is fresh and funny but don’t let that fool you: her work packs killer punches about family, community, empire, power, what it means to move through the world in a female body and the dubious logistics of packing three generations into a Datsun Sunny. Highly recommended.”
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 livestream premiere and has amassed over 9000 viewers from all over the world since. Read here for a full review and interviews with Wersha and the cast in India Inc’s iGlobal News here.
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 at Birmingham City University as well as in creative writing, narrative non-fiction and media. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact via LinkedIn to book lectures, workshops and seminars in the UK and abroad.