Ira Mathur
Place of birth
Place of residence
Trinidad and Tobago
National identity
Trinidad and Tobago

Ira Mathur

Short biography
Ira Mathur is an Indian-born Trinidadian multimedia journalist and a Sunday Guardian columnist ( with degrees in literature, law and journalism. She was longlisted for the 2021 Bath Novel Award for Touching Dr Simone.(Out in 2023).

Ira Mathur is an award-winning India-born Trinidadian multimedia journalist. Her memoir Love the Dark Days (Peepal Tree Press) is the winner of the 2023 OCM Bocas Prize for Non-Fiction, and shortlisted for the overall prize. It was also named as among the best biographies of 2022 by the UK Guardian. In 2021 she was longlisted for the Bath Novel Award for her unpublished novel Touching Dr Simone

Mathur gained diplomas in creative writing at the University of East Anglia/Guardian with Gillian Slovo and James Scudamore and at The Faber Academy with Maggie Gee. She is currently the Trinidad Guardian’s longest-running columnist and has freelanced for the UK Guardian and the BBC. 

Mathur is the current President of the Media Association of Trinidad & Tobago (MATT). She has degrees in literature and law, and a Master’s in International Journalism. Her body of journalism is available on