Run The World
Hello, I’m Manjeet. I’ve worked as an actress for many years and about five years ago I started writing and producing my own work. As an actress I’ve worked up and down the country touring plays and filming bits of TV and Film as well as a stint on the radio drama company.
As a writer I spent a year as an associate artist with The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Soho Writers Lab and Kali Theatre's writers lab, where I wrote PAYBACK, THIS OTHER EDEN (performed at the Arcola Theatre),
SHES'S THE BITCHY ONE (Camden Fringe), FLYING SOLO (UK tour), A DANGEROUS WOMAN (UK tour),
STARTING OUT (The Birmingham Rep and Hackney Showrooms).
I am currently developing two comedy drama's for TV and a very exciting project in the world of VR . Blood Speaks: Maya The Birth of a Superhero will see me collaborating with award winning filmmakers Poulomi Basu and CJ Clarke.
I founded an organisation called Run The World which is a not for profit that uses sport and theatre as a means to empower women and girls. You can find out more here: www.runtheworld.org.uk
I am an award winning children's author. My debut YA novel RUN, REBEL was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2021 and won the CILIP Carnegie Shadowers Choice Award, The UKLA Award, Diverse Book Award and Sheffield Children's Book Award YA category. It was also a Guardian best book of 2020. My second novel The Crossing won The 2021 Costa Children's Book Award, and overall winner of the Sheffield Children's Book Awards 2022. It was also shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize 2022, the Carnegie Medal 2022, the YA Book Prize 2022 and the CLPE CLIPPA Poetry Award 2022. My debut Picture Book 'Smalls Big Dream' was published in April 2022.
Click the link for my full acting CV.
News and Updates
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VIRTUAL AUTHOR VISITS
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THE CROSSING WON THE COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD!!!
Unbelievably happy to have been chosen as the 2021 COSTA children's book award winner!
RUN, REBEL WINS UKLA BOOK AWARD!
Another award for Run, Rebel! I can't believe it! So proud to be a joint winner, along with The Last Paper Crane in the 11-14 category of the prestigious UKLA book award. An unprecedented joint win I have to add! I'm so grateful to all the teachers who championed Run, Rebel. Thank you!
Lit in colour book list
Really proud to have Run, Rebel on the Penguin UK Books Lit in colour book list. 100 books for primary and secondary school children. The list has been designed to support teachers who want to bring exciting new texts into their classrooms.
BRANFORD BOASE AWARD LONGLIST!
I am so happy to see Run, Rebel on the 2021 longlist for the Branford Boase Award! Set up in memory of award-winning author Henrietta Branford and her editor Wendy Boase, one of the founders of Walker Books, the Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children. It has a notable record in picking out the most talented authors at the start of their career. Past winners and shortlisted authors have included Siobhan Dowd, Meg Rosoff, Mal Peet, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Patrick Ness as well as Frances Hardinge, M G Leonard and Philip Reeve.
A ROUND-UP OF RUN, REBEL 2020 NEWS!
Despite this years setbacks, Run, Rebel has been garnering some lovely reviews and even finds itself on some award shortlists, longlists and nominations. Here they are:
KSC Book awards
Warwickshire book awards
Oxfordshire book awards
North East book awards
Longlisted for :
UKLA book awards
Nominated for the 2021 CARNEGIE MEDAL!
RUN, REBEL in Eastern Eye!
So overwhelmed to see Run, Rebel on this list amongst so many amazing writers!
Having secured ACE funding I am currently getting ready to R&D a brand new show about the adverse effects of childhood trauma in adulthood with my good friend and fellow artist Sarah Foster. Expect songs, dance and plenty of awesome visuals. Supported by the Quaterhouse Theatre.
My debut novel is out on March 5th 2020! Pre-order on Amazon, Audible and all good bookshops!
RUN THE WORLD
Having secured ACE funding, Run the World will be working with women and girls in Folkestone! Supported by Shepway Sports Trust and The Quarterhouse Theatre.
THE CROSSING IS CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK IN THE SUNDAY TIMES!
I'm over the moon that The Crossing is a Sunday Times book of the week! Nicolette Jones said "It is a heartstopping exploration of the refugee debate, told by narrators we care about. Skilful, involving and important."
THE CROSSING IS SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD!!!
What a huge honour to see The Crossing on this fabulous shortlist. I'm over the moon!
RUN, REBEL AWARD NEWS!!
RUN, REBEL has won some awards!
Run, Rebel is the WINNER of the 2021 CILIP Carnegie Medal Shadowers Choice Award 2021! The UKLA award, The Diverse Book Award and Sheffield Children's Book Award! What an honour. Utterly overjoyed! Thank you judges.
RUN REBEL SHORTLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL!
Such amazing news! I can't believe that Run, Rebel has been shortlisted amongst such amazing books for the most prestigious award in children's publishing!!!!
READ FOR EMPATHY COLLECTION 2021
Delighted to see Run, Rebel on the 2021 Read for Empathy collection. "These books help children to be their best selves; to think 'we' not 'me'. Right now, what could be more important." 2021 judge.
RUN REBEL is one of the best books of 2020
Thrilled to see RUN, REBEL in The Guardians best books of 2020.
Praise for Run, Rebel - a Guardian best book of 2020: A tightly crafted series of punchy, often heartbreaking narrative poems . . . Mann's brilliant, coruscating verse novel lays out the anatomy of Amber's revolution, and the tentative first flowerings of hope and change. Guardian
A NATIONAL POETRY DAY RECOMMENDATION!
Run, Rebel is one of 40 recommended reads for National Poetry day! What an honour!
RUN THE WORLD NEWS!
RUN THE WORLD has been shortlisted for the National Street Games sports award in the 'Engaging Women and Girls ' category. This means so much as Run The World is such a young organisation, and to get this recognition so early on means the world.
British Council Showcase Artist
Development Programme 2019
So proud to be part of British Council Artist development programme up in Edinburgh for the Fringe! Lots of networking, workshops, talks and most importantly ...seeing lots of shows!