‘Much loved’ UCLan lecturer passes away

Dinesh Allirajah: “a man who wanted to empower the beauty of original thought” – Joseph Kennedy, UCLan Alumni

UCLan Creative Writing Lecturer Dinesh Allirajah has died after complications following surgery. 

He passed away on Tuesday December 9. 

Dinesh had worked at the university for 8 years and described as ‘much loved by his students and colleagues alike’.

Isabel Donnelly, Dean of the School of Language, Literature and International Studies (SoLLIS) said: “Dinesh was a well-known writer in the North West having published many short stories, anthologies and poetry. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.

“The School has organised ‘Memory Cards’ for anyone wishing to write a few words to capture their fondest memory of Dinesh which we will collect and send on to his family. If you wish to share a memory please come to the SoLLIS reception in Adelphi building.”

Students and staff of the university have been paying tribute to Dinesh on social media. 

Former student Susan Moffat, has written a short blogpost about him.

“To say that I learned how to write over the past four years is inaccurate.” She said, “I knew how to write. I simply didn’t know that I knew.

“Dinesh Allirajah didn’t tell me I could write. He showed me. He gave me weekly gifts of Hemingway and  Chekov and Chopin.

“He showed me that stories aren’t hugely involved epics with tragedy and love and burning buildings. He showed me how one word can say more than a paragraph.”

Luke Beardsworth, also a former student, said:

“Dinesh taught me that the work we create has value. If we’ve got a story to tell, through whichever medium, it is always important to tell it.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s read by a million people or if it’s only a method through which we cope with the world. It’s important, first and foremost, to write for yourself.

“After years of jaded lecturers and teachers,  I really can’t put enough emphasis on the level of self-worth this instilled even in the limited time we spent together.”

People have been messaging Dinesh’s Twitter account  to pay their respects. 


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