10 reasons to attend The Asian Writer Festival

We’re celebrating our tenth birthday with an all-day festival on Saturday October 21st 2017 at Royal Asiatic Society in London.

For one day only, The Asian Writer will bring together the contents of its website – interviews, masterclasses and features on literary trends – in a live format.

Featuring: Roopa Farooki, Mahsuda Snaith, Vaseem Khan, Radhika Swarup, Lynne E. Blackwood, AA Dhand, Rishi Dastidar, Juliet Pickering, Susmita Bhattacharya, Emma Smith-Barton, Lorella Belli, Rukhsana Yasmin as well as emerging new voices.

Here are 10 reasons why you should book your tickets to The Asian Writer Festival:

1) You’ll be supporting your fellow authors. Writing a book is tough, but sending it out into the world is tougher still. We can do amazing things by supporting each other’s writing and that means buying one another’s work, attending literature festivals who showcase such writers.

2) Roopa Farooki is our keynote speaker. In the past ten years, Roopa’s published 7 novels, written a trilogy for children and been long and shortlisted for lots of amazing prizes. If you want to write, you should listen to Roopa. Need I say more?

3) There’ll be masterclasses and workshops. Susmita Bhattacharya is delivering our short story masterclass. Rishi Dastidar is delivering our poetry workshop. I’ll be teaching you all the pitfalls to avoid when sending your work out to publishers. Get involved.

4) Lots of writers will be there. Be part of the community. Meet like-minded individuals. Find your tribe.

5) There’ll be agents in the room and you’ll have your chance to put your questions to them. Want to know how to land an agent? What do they actually do? Come and find out!

6) Newham Bookshop will be there. Your chance to drool over beautiful jacket covers and discover your next read.

7) We’re having a raffle. The prizes are mad. Even I wish I could get a ticket (I can’t.)

8) No festival is a festival without a goody bag. Our bulging bag is filled with gifts.

9) We’ve got refreshments covered, from biscuits, to cake and possibly even laddoos.

10) Our festival is a celebration of South Asian literature and British Asian voices. Come and celebrate with us.