- Recent: Half-hour TV documentary on Jane Eyre as part of BBC4's Secret Life of Books strand, broadcast on Tuesday September 30th 2014 at 8pm. The other presenters in the series include Simon Russell Beale, John Mullen and Cerys Matthews.
- Recent: Hour long radio documentary for BBC Radio 4's Archive Hour on complaining(!) broadcast Saturday January 17th 2015 at 8pm. It's called Mustn't Grumble: The Noble Art of Complaining.
- Recent: TV feature for BBC 2's Edinburgh Nights on how artists are responding to the refugee crisis, broadcast Saturday27th August 2016 at 9pm.
- Latest: Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London, published on 3rd March 2015 by Seagull/Chicago University Press. Based on Bidisha's outreach work with asylum seekers and refugees.
- 2008 Time Out Write Up Your Street short story prize, alongside Chris Mead, Tobias Hill and Amy Lamé
- 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction, alongside Kira Cochrane, Martha Lane Fox, Fi Glover and Sarah Churchwell.
- 2010 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for literature, alongside Claire Allfree and Maura Dooley
BBC4 World Cinema Awards, alongside Christopher Hamilton, Aamir Khan and Sophie Fiennes
- 2012 and 2013 Bristol Short Story Prize, as part of Bristol Shortstoryville. For more details click here
- 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Polari Prize for debut gay and lesbian literature alongside Suzi Feay, Paul Burston, Tom Storey-Scott and Rachel Holmes. For more details click here.
- 2012 Comment Awards for journalists and commentators.
- 2013 Bristol Festival of Ideas Best Book of Ideas Prize. For details click here.
- 2013 Spread the Word short story prize alongside Tania Hershman, Courttia Newland and Sue Lawther. For details click here.
- 2013 and 2014 Somerset Maugham prize, alongside William Fiennes, Ben Markovits and Naomi Alderman
- 2014 Wasafiri New Writing Prize alongside Susheila Nasta, Inua Ellams and Monique Roffey
- 2015 One World Media broadcasting prize for reporting on refugee issues.
- 2016 Koestler Foundation award for fiction written by offenders and ex-offenders
patronage/trusteeship/the great and the good
2011- Bidisha has been announced as a patron of the SI Leeds Literary Prize.
2012 - Announced as a patron of the PANDA performing arts network.
2012 - Announced as a matron of the London Feminist Film Festival.
2013 - Bidisha has been made a trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation.
2016 - Bidisha has been nominated in the Literature category of the Eastern Eye Arts Culture and Theatre awards
journalist/writer in residence/random stuff
2010 - Southbank London Literature Festival
2011 - Birds Eye View Film Festival
2011-2012 and 2015 English PEN, working with refugee and migrant centres in London
2013 - International Reporting Project Fellow focusing on international development, in a project run by Johns Hopkins University and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
2014 - Brief stint in Beijing from August until November as Deputy Editor at Time Out Beijing
2016 - Guest Selector at Edinburgh International Book Festival, producing and presenting a series of events about writing and asylum, refuge and exile.
Bidisha has lectured in or taught political theory, moral and political philosophy, journalism, non-fiction (travel writing, autobiography and life-writing) and fiction for Arvon, The London College, English PEN, Spread the Word and as a guest at Birzeit University and in refugee camps in Palestine. She also does outreach work in refugee centres, immigration detention centres and prisons in the UK.