Barsa Ray was born in New Delhi, grew up in Odisha and lives in the UK. She started writing poetry at primary school and was awarded four times in the Shankar’s International Children’s Competition over her school years. She published poetry in The Telegraph Sunday Magazine (Calcutta; selected by Shri Jayanta Mahapatra) and The Brainwave among other publications. After her MBA, writing took a back seat for a few years as she got enmeshed in the corporate world. She revived her writing with an MA in Creative Writing from The University of Leeds. She started a novel on the MA which was short listed in The Asian Writer First Novel competition. Her poem was filmed and telecast for the Yorkshire Arts Festival during the 2014 Tour de France. She has read at the Ilkley Literature Festival and published in Inkposts magazine. She wrote, produced and acted in a play for the University of Leeds festival. She acted in a political play produced by award winning theatre company Commonwealth that generated a video letter to the European Commissioner, EU.