Novelist, Minakshi Thakur, who was a resident writer at Sangam House, has been selected as the Writer-in-Residence at the ARKO-InKo Writing Residency at the Toji Cultural Foundation in Korea from 1-30 September 2014.

Sangam House is delighted to send its sixth alumnus to the Toji Writing Centre in Korea. This year, Minakshi Thakur has been selected from a pool of very strong applications. Minakshi writes in English and Hindi and works as a Commissioning Editor at Harper-Collins India where she set up the Harper Hindi publishing program and where she runs Harper Perennial, an imprint for English translations. Minakshi’s first novel (written partly at Sangam House), Lovers Like You and I, was shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize 2013. It has already been translated into Turkish and a Hindi translation is underway. Minakshi plans to work on her second novel while she is at the Toji residency in September 2014. She continues to write poetry in English as well as Hindi.

About Sangam House

Sangam House, an international writers’ residency program, is located at Nrityagram, the Dance Village, just outside the southern Indian city of Bangalore. Each year, Sangam House invites writers from India and all over the world to live and work together in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment. For more information, please visit Since its inception in 2008, Sangam House has hosted more than one hundred writers, including six Koreans -- poets, playwrights and prose fiction writers. We thank the InKo Centre, Chennai, ARKO and KLTI for their continued support, both at Sangam House and at the Toji Writing Centre, Wang-ju, Korea. For more information, please visit

About The Toji Cultural Foundation

The Toji Cultural Foundation annually invites writers, artists and scholars from around the world to work at the Toji Cultural Centre, and promote cultural exchanges and interaction between people of all cultural backgrounds. Through such exchanges, the Foundation hopes to help foreign writers, artists and scholars to deepen their understanding of Korean culture and to assist Korean writers, artists and scholars to widen their global perspective and experience. The Foundation hopes that such an opportunity for cultural exchange will ensure the establishment of a network of meaningful personal relationships and initiate sustainable cultural exchanges that will introduce Korea in general and Wonju city in particular, to the rest of the world.

Arts Council (ARKO)

Arts Council Korea was established to promote creativity and enjoyment of the art by supporting diverse arts and cultural activities in Korea. The Council consists of eleven dedicated professionals of the cultural and art sector in Korea. The Art Council also places emphasis on the establishment of arts infrastructure. It facilitates the rise of practice-oriented policy implementation in line with the increasingly sophisticated cultural environment of Korea.