Our Editorial Mission
The Asian Writer is the voice of British Asian writing and is for readers and writers interested in South Asian literature. It is both the online magazine and quarterly newsletter. It aims to provide a platform for new and emerging writers of South Asian origin as well as showcase their work.
The Asian Writer offers readers an eclectic approach to South Asian writing through profile interviews, Q&A’s, and reviews. It features the latest news, original comment and thoughts on contemporary South Asian literature and publishing as well as practical advice and inspiration.
Our objectives are to:
raise the profile of Asian writers and their works
discover the best emerging talents and develop their writing skills
encourage and inspire writers and nourish creativity
champion diversity in publishing
publish new writing by British Asian writers, online and in print via Dahlia Publishing
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Farhana Shaikh is a writer and publisher born in Leicester. She founded The Asian Writer in 2007. In 2010 she established Dahlia Publishing to publish regional and diverse writing and later, the Leicester Writes Festival to celebrate local writing talent. She has facilitated creative writing workshops and judged competitions in the UK and India. Farhana has received an arts bursary from the Royal Shakespeare Company and is currently part of Curve Leicester’s Cultural Leadership programme. She writes feature articles, reviews, short stories, poetry and fiction. In 2017, she won the inaugural Travelex / Penguin Next Great Travel Writer competition. Farhana lives in Leicester with her husband and their two children. She can be found on Twitter talking about books and publishing @farhanashaikh. To contact her please email firstname.lastname@example.org.