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Issue 109, Spring 2022

Wasafiri 109

Issue 109 introduces new fiction and an interview from Monica Ali, the 2021 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize winners, and a lead feature on Trans Literary Activism written collaboratively across generations. An incendiary article on postcolonial prize cultures, an interview with Sara Ahmed on Complaint!, and the winning entry from the 2021 Wasafiri Essay Prize on the politics of Hong Kong poetry continue the issue’s theme of literary activism across genres, institutions, and continents.



A Fold in Time Emily Mercer


'Discontent, Spraypaint, and Desire': On Trans Literary Activism


The ‘Old Hong Kong’ and ‘A Gold-Sifting Bird’: Hong Kong and Chinese Ekphrasis in Contemporary British Poetry Antony Huen Digitally Mapping Caribbean London: Urban Strolls in the 1950s BBC Radio Archive Alex Fabrizio Who Wins? The Politics of Prize Culture in Canada’s CODE Burt Awards Dessa Bayrock and Sarah Brouillette

Life Writing

The Solid Facts of a Life Portia Roelofs Swallow Anne O'Brien


‘We Are Louder When We Are Heard Together’: Sara Ahmed on Complaint! Adrija Dey From Brick Lane to Love Marriage: An Interview with Monica Ali C S Bhagya ‘A Crucial Unlearning’: Saikat Majumdar in Conversation Sohinee Roy


The Act Of Return: Stacey Tyrell’s Chattel Photographs Kate Keohane


Harriet’s Party: An Excerpt from Love Marriage Monica Ali First To Go Kate Carne


Gulf of Paria Fawzia Muradali Kane Three Women in a Single Room House K Srilata सफ़रनामा/Safarnama Dipanjali Roy Ghazal: Birthworts Rupinder Kaur


Review Essay: We Are. We Are Here. New Perspectives on Writing from the Margins Not Quite Right for Us: Forty Writers Speak Volumes–Sharmilla Beezmohun, ed. Portrait of Colossus–Samatar Elmi His Father’s Disease–Aruni Kashyap Samanta Bellotta Insurgent Imaginations: World Literature and the Periphery – Auritro Majumder Manav Ratti The Book of Jakarta: A City in Short Fiction – Maesy Ang and Teddy W Kusuma, eds., Mikael Johani et al Anxious Joburg: The Inner Lives of a Global South City – Nicky Falkof and Cobus van Staden, eds. Elleke Boehmer Glocal Narratives of Resilience – Ana María Fraile-Marcos, ed. Janet M Wilson Repentance – Eloísa Díaz Patricia Duffaud Fortune – Amanda Smyth Franklin Nelson Out of Darkness, Shining Light – Petina Gappah The First Woman – Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Chris Dunton A Lonely Man – Chris Power W B Gooderham Three Rooms – Jo Hamya Vamika Sinha Little Gods – Meng Jin J A Mensah Among the Contributors

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