Kavita Bedford is a Sydney-based writer. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, the Guardian, Griffith Review and elsewhere. She has an MA of Applied Anthropology from Macquarie University, and was a recent Churchill Fellow. She works and teaches in media and global studies.
'Kavita Bedford gives the gift of brighter eyes. Her prose is sparse yet jewelled, a desert of out-of-the-blue opals and oases.' * Vivian Pham * 'Such a vivid geography: this is a work of smart intensities, witty sorrow and wise coming-to-terms with grief. Astute, wry and beautifully tender.' * Gail Jones * 'Friends & Dark Shapes is an achingly relatable, thought-provoking and compelling debut, full of gorgeous sentences that stopped me in my tracks...I loved every minute of it.' * Ewa Ramsey * 'Friends & Dark Shapes smells and feels and tastes like Sydney, like grief, like the limbo and the lucidity of your twenties. Bedford's poetic yet sparse, fearless yet gentle prose makes this a book to be savoured.' * Laura McPhee-Browne * 'An astonishingly assured debut, full of razor-sharp observations about what it means to live precariously in a changing city. It's hard to believe this is Bedford's first novel. Her voice is already fully formed.' * Jenny Offill * 'Friends & Dark Shapes is a tender look at the myriad ways that a body can hold grief. Kavita Bedford writes lyrically and longingly, imbuing sweetness and darkness throughout. It was a genuine pleasure to read this book; I felt as though I were sitting with a close friend, whispering to each other, sharing close-kept secrets. It made me rethink how loneliness can manifest; how we sometimes hurt ourselves and each other. Friends & Dark Shapes is a real delight and Kavita Bedford is a true talent.' * Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things * 'Where Bedford shines is in detailing intimate human connection...Bedford subtly explores, too, the vulnerabilities and dangers, the uncertain desires, of being a young woman. Seeking pleasure with abandon -or never being boring, as the Pet Shop Boys' post-party mantra had it-is a queasy, bittersweet comedown that Bedford, filtering her Didionesque prose (and her protagonist's Didionesque generational cataloguing) through a wider emotional lens, excels at...Like Helen Garner and Christos Tsiolkas' own debuts, Bedford's is more concerned with taking the pulse of young, artistically-minded people alive and struggling through the city's struggle, slipping and sinking through the every-nothing days of urban anomie and insecure work and relationships.' * Guardian * 'With its slow build of emotion, sparse yet precise prose, and astute insights into modern-day adulthood, Friends & Dark Shapes is a thrilling debut for fans of Victoria Hannan's Kokomo and Jennifer Down's Our Magic Hour. It will imprint its shape onto your brain, leaving you thinking long after the final page.' * Readings * 'Poignant and immersive' * Writing NSW * 'Bedford's writing is compelling, lyrical and often nostalgic. Her characters, diverse in background, live complex lives with all the nuances and intricacies that are shared among second-generation immigrants. It is a beautiful and tender ode to Sydney.' * Kill Your Darlings * 'This stunning book has lit up my life.' * Final Draft * 'Bedford beautifully portrays the life of an Australian Indian writer struggling with grief a year after the death of her father...An insightful view of a city in flux.' * Publishers Weekly *