Cookery Lessons in Suburbia in included in the anthology In The Kitchen published by Dahlia Publishing Ltd. October 2020. The anthology is available at Dahlia Books.

“Reshma Ruia’s accomplished story is a moving, beautifully written piece in which food symbolises both grief and its management.” Catherine Menon

The Portrait: This story is included in ‘Between the Lines’ Anthology. It was written on the Comma Press Short Story Course facilitated by Sarah Schofield at Hope Mill in Manchester. The group met once a month for six months. Each session involved some critique from peers and the tutor of their own work, a close look at examples of stories from other writers as well as theory and practice of the craft. The anthology is available on Kindle.

The President Comes Home: This was shortlisted for the 2019 Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize. How To Hold An Umbrella is available on Amazon.

The Well-Fed Peacock, a story about peacocks and marriage featured in The Cabinet of Heed journal on 30 June, 2020.

A Gelato or Two published on 23 April in TSS Publishing as Creative Non-Fiction.

‘We had left India, abandoned the bone and flesh of our familiar world to begin a new life in a country shaped like a boot.’

Cooking chicken in Kentucky in the anthology No Good Deed: Short stories raising funds for Indigo Volunteers.

Someone to take my place published in the November issue of Confluence Magazine. November, 2019

For the evening crowd, a tale of cake and infidelity, Birthday Cake, published in Fictive Dream. 6 October, 2019

Story Cities

The Promise published in the anthology ‘Story Cities A City Guide for the Imagination’. Edited by Rosamund Davies, Cherry Potts, Kam Rehal. Published by Arachne Press. Publication date: June 2019. Pre-order your copy.

The Day After published in the Italian journal Sguar(di)versi. (di) vol. 5 cover – Dickinson. 19 February, 2019

A Collaborative project involving a group of photographers, writers, artists and performers in the comparison and sharing of experiences and works.

A Simple Man from May We Borrow Your Country, The Whole Kahani, Linen Press.

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The Invite. A married man stands on the cusp of old age still yearning for the lost love of his youth, unable to move forward, marooned forever in the sepia-tinted past that is at once foreign yet familiar.

‘At the hotel that night, Barbara splashes water on my face and says I am an embarrassment. She stands in front of me, naked, the sari a puddle of blue at her feet. I can only stare at her, my limbs heavy as stone. She turns the air conditioning full blast and collapses on the bed, her head drooping against the paisley-patterned headboard. Tears run down her face. ‘Why can’t you love me?’ she says.’

A Birthday Gift. Longlisted for the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2018. Leicester Writes Anthology 2018.  Dahlia publishing.

Dad’s tablets are scattered on the plate, rainbow colours of red, blue and green. Each pill is an arrow pointing to a tired liver, an erratic bladder, an unreliable heart.


Mrs Pinto Drives to Happiness. The Nottingham Review. Issue 10 winter 2017 – The Nottingham Review.

‘It is only at night when the moon is high in the sky and the roar of traffic dimmed to a purr that she allows the trembling in her bones to ease. She takes off her clothes and peers at herself in the small round mirror that hangs above the sink. Being tall, she has to contort and manoeuvre her body, bending down to see as the mirror slowly offers up small pieces of herself to observe.’

The Lodger. The Mechanics’ Institute Review. Issue 14 Autumn 2017

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I write about the editing process of the story in The Mechanics’ Institute Review, Sep 2017 – Refining the Story, by Reshma Ruia. This is the sixth in a series of behind-the-scenes glimpses into the production of The Mechanics’ Institute.

Bank Holiday Weekend. LAKEVIEW International Journal of Literature and Arts

Vol. 5 No.1 February 2017

Ezine Epoque Press: Theme Departures: Story: Soul Sisters. Read Soul Sisters at époque press.

Soul Sisters. Love Across A Broken Map Anthology of short stories Dahlia Publishing. June 2016

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“In Ruia’s ‘Soul Sister’, the felt realities of everyday life are explored in careful, dense detail. ‘At forty-two’ her protagonist ‘is still surprised by the careless cruelty of the human male’; while her loneliness – as it sloshes about in the endless lukewarm soup of the city – is devastatingly ordinary and true. Likewise, Ruia’s careful description of the disjunct between who we are and who we want to be is vividly realised.” Festival blogger Amy McCauley at the Manchester Literature Festival, 2016

Another Life, Too Asian Not Asian Enough. Fiction from a new generation. Edited by Kavita Bhanot. Tindal Street Press 2011.

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A caustic tale of abandoned dreams. Another Life focuses on the restlessness of an Asian businessman who visited Manchester as a young man on his way to America – but never left. The story was commissioned and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 March 2012 and Tuesday 16 February 2016.

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