[15 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Asian Writer caught up with Bidisha to find out more about her serialised novel, Esha Ex.

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[5 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]
Double win for unpublished writer Mahsuda Snaith

An unpublished writer from Leicester has secured first prize in two national writing awards.
Emerging talent, Mahsuda Snaith was named the winner of the SI Leeds Prize, at an awards ceremony at the Ilkley Literature festival (October 15) and winner of the 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize a week later (October 25).
Bristol Short Story Prize

Snaith captivated the judges of the Bristol Short Story Prize with her short story, The Art of Flood Survival, to win the £1,000 first prize. Sara Davies said of the winning story: “Mahsuda’s story about a young …

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[30 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]
My Name Is review

My Name is….tells the real story of Molly Campbell, who hit headlines in 2006 after running away to Pakistan to live with her father. Initially Molly was thought to have been abducted by her father and taken to Pakistan. Days later, a happy Molly was seen in Pakistan declaring her name is Misbah and that she chose to come and live with her father in Lahore.
Sudha Bhuchar’s latest production starts at the beginning and unpicks a moving tale of how the couple met in the 80’s, fell in love, married, …

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[25 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]
Bidisha to serialise novel

Broadcaster and journalist announced yesterday (September 24) that she would be publishing her latest novel-length of new fiction online, over a period of six weeks starting today.
Esha Ex tells the story of orphan, Esha, who despite her background is determined to break away and make a life for herself. On her blog, Bidisha writes ‘Esha’s story is an uplifting drama full of tight fixes, last-minute escapes and sudden daring. The novel is set against a realistic backdrop of poverty and deprivation, combined with great ambition and opportunity. I hope the …

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[24 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]
SALF set to return in 2015

The South Asian Literature Festival, organised by Bhavit Mehta and Jon Slack of Amphora Arts, will be taking a year-long break. The festival, held across 10 days in London is set to return in 2015.
Since its inception in 2010, SALF has hosted prominent authors at more than 200 events across London, with a range of discussions, interviews, book launches, workshops, school activities, exhibitions, films and performances. SALF usually takes place throughout October/November each year.
In an email sent out to festival supporters this week (September 21) the team is said to …

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[15 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize brings stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience. You don’t need an agent, just an internet connection to submit your unpublished story of 2000-5000 words. Entry is free. Stories translated into English are also eligible.
Each year, the prize selects five winning writers from five different Commonwealth regions. One overall winner who receives £5000, and four regional winners who receive £2500 each. This year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize is part-funded by The Sigrid Rausing …

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