Maya Chowdhry Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Collection includes material relating to Maya Chowdhry's research and progression of her literary work, plays and published items.

Administrative / Biographical History

Maya Chowdhry was born in Edinburgh, and grew up in Scotland. Her career began in filmmaking, but she moved on to publish short fiction, poetry and plays. She is an interactive artist and uses interactive and digital media to make her work more participatory, and has used the internet to make her work more accessible. She has run workshops for young people, and has worked on art for health issues. Her experience in theatre includes a residency working with musicians and dancers. She has written on the experiences of Asian women, and on lesbian relationships.


Numbered files and folders.

Conditions Governing Access

Available to researchers, by appointment. Please email:, giving at least two working days notice.

Further details about access to our collections are available on our website.

Access to archive material is subject to preservation requirements and must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

SALIDAA deposited part of their archive with Brunel University Special Collections.

Other Finding Aids

A finding aid is available for manuscript material.

Published works such as poetry, plays, short fiction and articles may be found on the Brunel University Library catalogue.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Collection includes photographs, flyers, publicity information issued by theatres, newspapers cuttings, CDs, some administrative information, resource pack and worksheets for Playing with fire and Maya Chowdhry’s notebooks. It includes scripts of plays and extracts from scripts. There are also published items.

Archivist's Note

Described by Paula Gerrard. Edited and amended by Katie Flanagan.

Conditions Governing Use

The material, unless otherwise indicated, is protected by copyright. You are unable to publish, in full or in part, without the permission of the copyright holder. However you may use the material as permitted under statutory exceptions in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, e.g. quote for purposes of scholarship within the limits of fair dealing.

Custodial History

This collection is part of the The South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive (SALIDAA) which was founded in 1999. The aim was to preserve sources and information about the contribution of the South Asian community to literature and arts in Britain.

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