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Egress by Nauman Khalid
Urfi , I never came to stay. It’s just that it’s no longer as  simple as it was .   Then ,  the plan was straightforward: I was a visitor, just pass ing  through , embracing this land  of dreams  for a year.
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'Poetry as a tool of their own choosing': In Conversation with the Young People’s Laureates
L-R: Theresa Lola, Momtaza Mehri, Cecilia Knapp, Caleb Femi … Now in its fifth year, the Young People’s Laureate (YPL) for London is UK poetry’s third most prominent ‘office’, after the Poet Laureate and the Oxford Professor of Poetry.
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Holding On by Adam Zmith
2020   … We’ve lived in separate boxes in Hackney all this time.   … I pull off the mask that conceals my nose and my mouth. I’m among the trees now, looking for you. Are you on the towpath? I check my phone. No messages.
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Winter Writing Workshops
Wasafiri  is excited to announce a series of online writing workshops tutored by our Writer-in-Residence Jennifer Wong, and  our  Associate Editor Thomas  Glave .  … Jennifer Wong's series of writing workshops will focus on poetry, human geography and writing across and between languages…
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Become a Wasafiri Editor at Large
Applications for the 2021 Editor at Large programme are now closed. You can get to know more about our Editors at Large here.
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The Temporality of Belonging by Penny Green
Penny Green – Professor of Law and Globalisation, Head of the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London – reflects on borders…
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Three Poems by Nick Makoha
Codex 10  … Rumi said Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely … is made for the eye of one who sees.  In 1973, the same year … my mother met my father, Steven Speilberg had just wrapped  … on American Graffiti.
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From This Place on the Border by Margarita García Robayo
My sister’s sister-in-law’s name was Rocío and she was pregnant. She went to church to light a candle to Saint Ana for having granted her the miracle. Her man – short, brown-skinned, stout – went with her, satisfied at having fulfilled his mandate by insufflating his part of the mix.
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On Guest-Editing Wasafiri 104: Human Rights Cultures
We spoke to Billy Kahora and Zoe Norridge – our guest editors – about curating, compiling and commissioning  Wasafiri 104 , our special issue on Human Rights Cultures. You can read their print editorial, 'What Is Seen and What Is Said' , and other free access materials, here . Wasafiri :
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Wasafiri Wonders: Juana Adcock and Sophie Hughes
Ever wondered which book your favourite translator would secretly love to translate? Or a book in translation that may have slipped under your radar?  Wasafiri Wonders is a series that asks these questions for you.
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What Happens Next?
What a year. As November shifts into December, and the eyes of the world turn backward – reviewing the last eleven months, and turn forward – looking ahead to what many of us hope will be something better, it's almost impossible not to fall into what are becoming 2020's analytical clichés:
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Covid Kids by Kiera Vaclavik
Kiera Vaclavik – Professor of Children’s Literature and Childhood Culture at Queen Mary, University of London – reflects on child-centred research during and post-pandemic and responds to Avni Doshi's 'Unfamiliar Creatures'—published as part of the Queen Mary Wasafiri Global Dispatche s initiative…
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Unfamiliar Creatures by Avni Doshi
The doctor’s voice is muffled by his mask. He says I need to be careful, more careful than the average person. So much about Covid-19 is unknown, particularly the effects on a fetus. I ask him if I should be isolating from my husband and my toddler for the duration of this pregnancy.
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Jennifer Wong Appointed as Wasafiri's Writer-in-Residence
We're delighted to announce the appointment of our new Writer-in-Residence, the poet, writer, and translator Jennifer Wong.
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Southern Crossings: J.M. Coetzee at 80
9 February 1940, John Maxwell Coetzee, Mowbray Nursing Home, Cape Town … He enters the world on his mother Vera’s own birthday. It is just weeks before the first of many moves. With their infant son, Vera and Jack return to the still small town of Victoria West in the Great Karoo.
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Within and After: Announcing the QM Wasafiri Global Dispatches Series
For over three decades Wasafiri has created a dynamic platform for mapping new landscapes in contemporary international writing featuring a diverse range of voices from across the UK and beyond.
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2020 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize Winners Announced
‘It was so interesting, considering everything that’s happening in the world, to be in that privileged position of seeing where people’s minds are at, what people are writing,’ said poet Raymond Antrobus of judging the 2020 Queen Mary  Wasafiri  New Writing Prize.
Writing Britain Now: Nina Mingya Powles
I am shaped by borders. I was born with the privilege to cross these borders freely; I was born with light skin and a New Zealand passport. I am shaped by colonial islands. Aotearoa New Zealand on my dad’s side, and Sabah, Malaysia, on my mum’s side – formerly known as British North Borneo.
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Writing Whiteness: A Conversation with Claudia Rankine
Born in Jamaica in 1963, Claudia Rankine moved to the United States as a child. A poet, playwright, essayist, her work spans several decades, including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (2004), Citizen: An American Lyric (2014) and the play The White Card (2019).
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Exclusive Extract and Performance: Life as a Unicorn by Amrou Al-Kadhi
My mother’s behaviour at Arab weddings would make the perfect audition video for RuPaul’s Drag Race, and the next one we attended together only confirmed her as the clear genetic foundation for my drag career. It was a cousin’s wedding, and this time it was happening in Mykonos in Greece.
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2020 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize: Shortlist
Kadija Sesay (Chair), Simon Prosser (Fiction) (Photo credit: Sharron Wallace for Museum of Colour), Aida Edemariam (Life Writing), and Raymond Antrobus (Poetry) (Photo credit:
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Beyond benign notions of ‘diversity’: Sandeep Parmar and Anamik Saha in Conversation
Earlier this summer, two reports shook up the publishing landscape in the UK.
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Cathy Park Hong and Minor Feelings
Cathy Park Hong is a Korean-American poet and essayist who is the author of three volumes of experimental poetry. Her most recent work is the non-fiction book, Minor Feelings:
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Exclusive Excerpt: The Distance by Ivan Vladislavić
Branko A single year brings two big changes: I become a man and my brother becomes an American. My new status is announced by Mrs Mitchell from over the road when she hears that my voice is breaking.
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