About Leela – Contemporary Fiction writer
Education and Experience
A Distant Voice in the Darkness
Some are short and funny, some poignant – widows faced with losing their grandchildren, a daughter burying her father and dealing with a domineering mother. One endearing narrator is not human at all but still strikes a chord with us. Time travellers visit Hans Andersen’s Copenhagen; a young German boy is welcomed by some but by no means all in Hertfordshire just after the war.
Perilous adventures in a hire car in the south of France are described by a lad who is unaware that at the very moment he’s telling us about his family holiday, London is under attack, in a story first published by Bridge House in the anthology On This Day. A young Japanese car manufacturer encounters the strange people of the South Wales Valleys – and their grandfather who was a prisoner of war in Burma. Finally, the life story of a Quaker celebrating her ninetieth birthday at the end of the century. Leela Dutt’s collection Fresh Beginnings will warm your heart and stay in your mind – it might even make you laugh! "...Dutt's writing is noted for its vivid imagery, emotional depth, and insightful exploration of human experiences, making her stories both engaging and thought-provoking..."