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[16 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

Nilam Ashra-McGrath
As an extension of Farhana Shaikh’s earlier rant about Asian writers being outsiders looking in, I have to confess that watching New Novelists 12 of the Best from The Culture Show left me a little queasy about the lack of diversity in the their list of ‘up and coming’ authors in British literary fiction.
The Guardian Comments section sparked a healthy discussion about the lack of ethnic diversity in the short-list, but no one expressed a huge amount of surprise at this ‘glass ceiling.’ It’s a shame that the long-list …

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[13 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]

By Farhana Shaikh
You’re having another bad day at the office and quite frankly you’re boss is determined to make things difficult for you…you reach for that bottom drawer, and pull out that manuscript you’ve half written, blushing as you read over the details of that last love affair you had with that boy last summer. You hold back the tears before returning the elephant eared pieces of papers, back where they belong, mutter some evil thoughts towards the boss and dream of the day you’re discovered as the next big …

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[19 Nov 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

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