[16 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]
Huma Qureshi

The Asian Writer caught up with journalist, Huma Qureshi to talk about her first book, In Spite of Oceans, Migrant Voices.

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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 You don’t need an agent, just an internet connection to submit your unpublished story of 2000-5000 words.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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[15 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]
Book Choice of the Month

curated by Mahsuda Snaith

The Scatter Here is Too Great by Bilal Tanweer
UK Hardback released August 14th
A vivid and intricate novel-in-stories, The Scatter Here Is Too Great explores the complicated lives of ordinary people whose fates unexpectedly converge after a deadly bomb blast at the Karachi train station: an old communist poet; his wealthy, middle-aged son; a young man caught in an unpleasant, dead-end job; a girl who spins engaging tales to conceal her heartbreak; and a grief-stricken writer, who struggles to make sense of this devastating tragedy.
Bilal Tanweer reveals the …

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