Resident Spotlight Shubhodeep Shome

We sat down at Shu's desk to find out more about his writing and what it's like being part of The Heartspace studios.

In a nutshell, what do you do?

SS: I'm a writer, learning cartooning and comics. I'm currently working on a young person's book, it's 'horror based'.

How did you end up in this industry?

SS: I used to be a lawyer, then I was a sports manager, working 4/5 months in the year and writing the rest of the time. I came to the UK in 2010 where I am writing fiction, although I still do history and non-fiction work.

A day in the life of Shu?

SS: It's very hectic. I'm juggling three full time projects - finding a manic balance between the three. I've been volunteering at the Ministry of Stories in Hoxton, i'm a writing mentor, school classes come in and write a story collaboratively. They get a copy, printed and bound, which is a complete surprise. It's a bit of theatre, an interesting creative process - being scorned and having to work really hard to make it happen. Mentoring really enriches your own practice, different approaches.

You seem very calm!

SS: Stress is a total waste and takes away your focus.

What's it like being a freelancer in East London?

SS: Being a freelancer anywhere is pretty tough. If you have to be a freelancer, East is one of the best places to be one. I live in Stoke Newington and I love it. It's easier to be a freelancer in East London because you see a lot more colour and variety, it's very creative.

What can we expect from you next?

SS: A novel, I'm working on a history as well. My main goal is to have this novel out of the door. My second goal is an agent, that's when you go from being freelance to being more settled.

Would you recommend coworking?

SS: I would definitely recommend it. You get to see how other people work and their approach. Natalie Ellner, for example, is a genius. The work is often very physical, people are making things, physical products, babies clothes, handbags and arts, they arrive perfectly coiffured and by the end of the day it's a different story!

The worst thing about being a writer is that it's so lonely. It's amazing to have your own space within a social space. There's always somebody making a cup of tea if you want a chat.

Best thing about The Heartspace?

SS: The best thing is the people and the vibe. There's so much happening and increasingly you see more and more collaborations.

Best collaboration?

SS: It's still in the works, but I can tell you that i'm talking to a fellow Heartspacer about a very exciting collaboration...

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