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Debjani Chatterjee  Bio 2021

Debjani Chatterjee is a Sheffield writer, storyteller and creative arts psychotherapist.

She grew up in India, Japan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and Egypt.  In Sheffield, she has worked in the steel industry, taught in schools and universities, and held residencies at the Children’s Hospital and Millennium Galleries.

Described as a poet ‘full of wit and charm’ (Andrew Motion), and ‘a national treasure’ (Barry Tebb), her books for children and young people include:


‘Animal Antics’,  ‘Mango Shake’,  ‘The Elephant-Headed God’, ‘Masala: Poems from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka’, ‘Rainbow World’, ‘Monkey King’s Party’,

‘Raising their Voices: Poems by Children’ in Burngreave and – jointly with Brian D’Arcy – ‘Let’s Celebrate! Festival Poems from Around the World ‘and ‘Let’s Play! Poems About Games and Sports from Around the World’.


Debjani has chaired the National Association of Writers in Education, Yorkshire Arts’ Literature Panel and the Arts Council of England’s Translations Panel, and been a Poetry Society Trustee.

Her honours include an MBE, an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University, and RSL and RLF fellowships.


Debjani was an Olympic Torchbearer for Sheffield in 2012.


You can visit her website at

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