Ardashir Vakil

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PositionLecturer in Creative Writing
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Ardashir Vakil

Ardu was born in Bombay and lived in India upto 1980. He is a novelist, poet and short story writer who has published two award-winning novels – Beach Boy (Penguin, 1998) One Day (Penguin, 2003). His stories have been anthologized and read on the radio.. Recently, ‘Darius and Xerxes’, was published by the journal, Raritan, in the summer of 2013 and a new story, ‘Impromptu’ will be published in the Spring issue of Raritan 2014 this year. Ardu taught English in London schools for twenty years. Previously, he has been Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Middlesex, Roehampton and UEA. 

Since 2006 he has been a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, teaching courses on both BA and MA degrees and starting a flagship MA called ‘Writer\Teacher’ which brings together his skills and experience as a teacher and a writer. Several of his articles on critical pedagogy and practical advice for teachers and students of Creative Writing have been published by the journal ‘Changing English’.

Academic qualifications

  • MA English Literature, Magdalene College, Cambridge University. 1982-85
  • PGCE, English, Institute of Education, University of London 1986-87


Ardu is convenor of the BA in English with Creative Writing and admissions tutor for this programme. He is also a workshop leader and tutor on the MA in Creative and Life Writing, and lectures and runs seminars on the Engaging Poetry Unit for undergraduates.



Vakil, Ardashir (Ardu) . 2006. Eva. Edizione Corraini and Illystories.

One Day
Vakil, Ardashir (Ardu) . 2003. One Day. Penguin. ISBN 0140299734

'One Day'
Vakil, Ardashir (Ardu) . 2003. 'One Day'. London: Penguin Group (Hamish Hamilton). ISBN 0-241-14132-X

Who Else Can I Talk To?
Vakil, Ardashir (Ardu) . 1998. Who Else Can I Talk To? Mosaic, British Council abd Penguin.

'Beach Boy'
Vakil, Ardashir (Ardu) . 1997. 'Beach Boy'. London: Hamish Hamilton Ltd. ISBN 0-241-13760-8

Book Section

Chapter 7
Vakil, Ardashir (Ardu) . 2007. Chapter 7. In: Betsy Karel, ed. Bombay Jadoo. Gottingen, Germany: Steidl, pp. 83-84. ISBN 978-3-86521-376-1

The Whole Biryani
Vakil, Ardashir (Ardu) . 1999. The Whole Biryani. In: , ed. Fourth Estate. UNSPECIFIED.

A New Leaf
Vakil, Ardashir (Ardu) . A New Leaf. In: , ed. Changing English, Studies in Reading and Culture. UNSPECIFIED.


Last Time
Vakil, Ardashir (Ardu) . 2015. Last Time. Raritan, XXXIV(4), pp. 133-153. ISSN 0275-1607

Vakil, Ardashir (Ardu) . 2014. Impromptu. Raritan, XXXIII(4), pp. 112-126. ISSN 0275-1607

Truthful Fictions:How Dreams Can Help You Write
Vakil, Ardashir (Ardu) . 2013. Truthful Fictions:How Dreams Can Help You Write. Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 20(4), pp. 415-427. ISSN 1358-684X

Darius and Xerxes
Vakil, Ardashir (Ardu) . 2013. Darius and Xerxes. Raritan: A Quarterly Review, xxxill(1), pp. 1-15.

'Yearning and its Uses'
Vakil, Ardashir (Ardu) . 2013. 'Yearning and its Uses'. Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 20(1), pp. 34-45. ISSN 1358-684X

'Teaching Creative Writing'
Vakil, Ardashir (Ardu) . 2008. 'Teaching Creative Writing'. Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 15(2), pp. 157-167. ISSN 1358-684X

Conference or Workshop Item

Jhumpa Lahiri and the influence of Homer
Vakil, Ardashir (Ardu) . 5-6 July. 'Jhumpa Lahiri and the influence of Homer'. In: Ancient Greek Myth and Modern Conflict in Modern Fiction since 1989. British Academy, United Kingdom 5-6 July.


'Towers of Silence'
Vakil, Ardashir (Ardu) . 2008. 'Towers of Silence'.