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Venita Coelho is a screenwriter, novelist and artist who writes across age groups and genres. She has been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Bal Puraskar for her book Dead as a Dodo. Among her other awards are The Hindu Goodreads Award for Best Fiction for children, The Neev Award and the Peek A Book award. Her collection of feminist ghost stories The Washer of the Dead was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor award. Her book Soap-Writing and Surviving Television teaches how to write for the medium.
She has had a long career in film and television as a writer, director and producer. Her work in canvas and glass was shown at her solo exhibition ‘The Naked Gaze’. She lives in Goa and is working towards her second exhibition of paintings.