Preti Taneja was born in England to Indian parents. She has worked with youth charities and with refugees, and in conflict and post-conflict zones on minority and cultural rights. She teaches writing in prisons and universities. She is the co-founder of the advocacy collective ERA Films and of Visual Verse, an online anthology of art and words. In 2018 she was awarded The Desmond Elliot Prize for We That Are Young, her first novel.