[23 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Qaisra Shahraz

The Asian Writer talks to prize winning author Qaisra Shahraz

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[28 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival Preview

Prize winning novelists Hanif Kureishi, Kamila Shamsie, Tash Aw and Romesh Gunesekera all feature in the line up of this year’s Asia House Festival of Asian Literature.

Now in its eighth year and with a new title sponsor, the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival is the only UK festival dedicated to pan-Asian writing and will take place at Asia House in May. A stimulating mix of literary talks, performance, topical debate, humour, cookery, tai chi and interactive family events from renowned authors, performers and thinkers- home-grown and from across …

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[27 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Imran Siddiq on learning the art of writing

Passion for reading from a young age sowed the seed for writing stories. After life got in the way  I rekindled that passion in 2007 to sacrifice time to write.
The last five years have been a learning curve in terms of how to write, practice, tips, as well as elements that I didn’t respect before, such as prepositions, conjunctions, show not tell, arcs, point of view, and all of the things that irritate you when you read a badly written book.
I set out to be an adult fantasy writer but …

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[27 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Wasafiri New Writing Prize

The Wasafiri New Writing Prize is now open for entries. The prize is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book.
Three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing.
Fees: £6 for one category, £10 for two categories and £15 for three categories.
A maximum of 5 poems can be entered and the word limit for Fiction and Life Writing is 3000. 
£300 will be awarded to the winner in each category and their work will be published in Wasafiri.
The closing date is 5pm on 25 July 2014.
For more information and an entry form …

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[13 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Writing Habit by Mahsuda Snaith

Writing is a habit.  Or at least that’s what it can become (and, unlike other habits, it can actually be good for you).  For me the writing habit began aged six, when I picked up a pencil and made up the sentence ‘I saw a blackbird in my garden’- a seemingly innocuous statement except for the fact I saw no blackbird, I made it up.
Making things up is part of the joy of writing.  There’s a great pleasure in letting your mind drift off and wander into the lands of …

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[26 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
The Husbands, Curve Leicester – review

 
The Husbands, written by Sharmila Chauhan and directed by Janet Steel
Reviewed by Farhana Shaikh
If this is what a feminist utopia looks like, then at first glance, it appears to be lots of fun. Welcome to Shaktipur, a remote village some 50 years in to the future, where women are prized for breeding, and daughters are cherished. Women are allowed freedoms they would not otherwise enjoy in the outside world, and can marry more than one husband.
Shaktipur is a beacon of female emancipation, and its leader Aya, played by Syreeta Kumar, …