Author and Media Professional
Laaleen Sukhera is a British Pakistani writer and media professional and the founder of the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan. She is the Editor and one of seven contributors of Austenistan, an anthology inspired by Jane Austen and set in contemporary Pakistan, published by Bloomsbury India in December 2017 and forthcoming from Bloomsbury UK and Bloomsbury USA in 2018.
Based in Pakistan, Laaleen works as a magazine editor and a communications consultant for international development, heritage, and branding. She was recently profiled in The Times (UK), Vanity Fair Italia, and 1843 magazine, and is currently being interviewed by the British Council, the BBC, and NPR. On the occasion of Ms Austen’s bicentennial death anniversary, Laaleen was quoted in The Atlantic and The Economist as an authority on the subject. She has appeared as a literary panelist and speaker on women’s issues at events in South Asia and the United States. Her upcoming literary appearances for Austenistan include the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018 and the Times Lit Fest Bangalore, 2018.
Earlier in her career, Laaleen worked as a series coordinator and interviewer for an award nominated British documentary, as a field producer and advertising executive in New York, and in Pakistan as a TV producer and director in Lahore and a public relations consultant in Islamabad.
She has lately been inspired by her personal experiences to champion the cause for stronger child support and alimony laws in Pakistan for single mothers. She counts breast cancer awareness as a primary social cause, along with her role at the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation.
Laaleen earned a BA (High Honours) in Screen Studies and Communication & Culture and an MSc in Professional Communications from Clark University in Massachusetts. She is currently working on her next novel and screenplay and is due to appear in I Hate Jane Austen, a Sky Arts documentary presented by Giles Coren, in 2018.
She is represented by Jay Vasudevan at the Jacaranda Literary Agency, UK/Singapore/India.
Events & appearances
Laaleen was a panelist at the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA)’s AGM, ‘Emma At 200:
No One But Herself’ in Washington, DC, 21st to 23rd October, 2016.
Fairway Galle Literary Festival
January 22 to January 24, 2018
The 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival (FGLF) will be hosting over 30 authors from Sri Lanka and around the world. The 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival is delighted to welcome author Laaleen Sukhera.Read more