Christopher Raja migrated from Kolkata to Melbourne in 1986. He has lived and worked in Alice Springs since 2004. His co-authored play The First Garden was performed in botanical gardens around Australia. His acclaimed young adult novel The Burning Elephant was written under a new work grant awarded by the Literature Board of the Australia Council. Raja has been shortlisted twice for the Northern Territory Writers Centre’s book of the year award. In 2016, he appeared at the Ubud Writer’s Festival in Bali and The Burning Elephant was launched in China at the ninth annual international conference of the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators, Guangzhou.