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Catch-up with the latest Wasafiri news and look out for exciting events to add to your calendar.

The Highlands Book Prize Launches
Book Prize shines light on Highland literature … New UK book prize will recognise and reward great literature from the Highlands. A new book prize, established this year, will celebrate the finest work that recognises the rich culture, heritage and landscape of the Highlands.
Wasafiri National Portfolio Status renewed by Arts Council England
Wasafiri has been successful in renewing its National Portfolio Status with Arts Council England, with funding confirmed for 2018-22. Wasafiri Founding Editor Susheila Nasta said…
Rukhsana Yasmin joins Wasafiri
Susheila Nasta and the Wasafiri team are delighted to welcome Rukhsana Yasmin, an outstanding publishing professional who has recently joined us as Deputy Editor.
Trinidad and Tobago Author Ingrid Persaud Wins the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Ingrid Persaud from Trinidad and Tobago has won this year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her story ‘The Sweet Sop’. The story was chosen from the five regional winning stories in this year’s Prize which received a record 6,000 entries. ‘The Sweet Sop’ is Persaud’s first short story.
Highlights from Muslim Writers Event
On Thursday 13 April 2017 we held readings and a panel discussion with Amaal Said, Ayisha Malik and Sabrina Mahfouz, which was chaired by Wasafiri Deputy Editor Arifa Akbar. Here are some highlights from the panel discussion. [embed][/embed]
Susheila Nasta interviews David Dabydeen at Bocas Lit Fest
View the video on Facebook … David Dabydeen, the celebrated Guyanese poet, novelist, and scholar talks to Susheila Nasta about his career spanning genres and continents, and how contemporary Guyanese writing tackles the intricacies of the country’s troubled past.
'Battleface' by Sabrina Mahfouz
To celebrate the launch of The Things I Would Tell You (Saqi Books) we have an exclusive extract from the short play 'Battleface' by Sabrina Mahfouz. Sabrina Mahfouz is a British Egyptian playwright, poet and screenwriter.
Indian silent movie featuring a 'passionate kiss' to be restored
Shiraz, a silent-era Indian film which features an early on-screen kiss, is set to be restored by the British Film Institute with a score composed and performed live by Anoushka Shankar.
Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2016 Winners
The winners of the 2016 Wasafiri New Writing Prize have been announced! Our congratulations go to the three winners of the NWP 2016: Niamh MacCabe for Nobody Knows the Shivering Stars (Fiction) Danielle Boodoo-Fortune for Portrait of my father as a grouper (Poetry) Shiva Rahbaran for Massoumeh:
The story of our lives as told by Winners of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize
The most compelling literatures are tragic – a life at its end, an opportunity taken away, a precious thing stolen. And it is this that links the winning entries, over the last four years, in the Life Writing category of Wasafiri’s New Writing Prize.
Hospital Notes by Alice Curham
Alice Curham lives by the sea in Kent with her partner and son and three goldfish. She has had poetry published in Dream Catcher and Red Pepper magazines and been shortlisted in the Gladstone’s Library Short Story competition and longlisted for the Plough Prize.
Nigeria's Tope Folarin Wins 14th Caine Prize
Nigeria’s Tope Folarin Wins 2013 Caine Prize … By Sola Njoku … Nigeria’s Tope Folarin has been awarded the 14th Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story, 'Miracle'. The announcement was made yesterday, July 8, at a ceremony held at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK.
Welcome by Akwaeke Emezi
Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo/Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Akwaeke holds two degrees, including an MPA from New York University.
Bush Tea by Richard Georges
Richard Georges is a writer, editor and lecturer in the British Virgin Islands. His poetry has appeared in Smartish Pace, sx salon, Barrelhouse, The Caribbean Writer, Wasafiri and elsewhere. In 2016, he won the Marvin E Williams Literary Prize from The Caribbean Writer.
Saturdays by Sarala Estruch
Sarala Estruch was born in London in 1983 to a French mother and Indian father.
After the end of England by Gillian Best
Gillian Best is a writer whose debut novel will be published by Freight Books in Spring 2017. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (2013) and published in her native Canada and the UK.
Under the Tamarind by Royston Emmanuel
Royston Emmanuel is a teacher trainer at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, St.
How to make Pan Catalan by Mark Fiddes
Mark Fiddes is a London poet whose first collection, The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre, was published by Templar Poetry in March 2015. It has since been  shortlisted in the 2015 Saboteur Awards.
Greek Lessons by Jill Germanacos
Jill Germanacos has lived outside the UK for the past twenty years, moving from Paris to Kazakhstan to Romania with her husband’s work before settling in Greece in 2001. Despite Greece’s current woes…
My Father’s War by Paola Trimarco
Paola Trimarco is a writer and linguist. Her short stories and essays have appeared in several literary magazines and her stage plays have been performed at London’s King’s Head Theatre and Arts Theatre Cambridge Studio. She has recently authored Digital Textuality published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Ellery Creek by Anne Vines
Anne Vines is based in Melbourne, Australia. She was shortlisted in the Henry Handel Richardson Short Story Award, The Age Short Story Award and the Alan Marshall Short Story Award and commended in the Varuna Harper-Collins Award and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.
Walking in Lapeyrouse by Ayanna Gillian Lloyd
Ayanna Gillian Lloyd  is a fiction and life writer from Trinidad & Tobago. She has been published in The Caribbean Writer and was shortlisted for Wasafiri’s New Writing Prize and the Smallaxe Literary Competition in 2014. She is an alumna of the Cropper Foundation Residential Workshop…
Supply and Demand by Glen Wilson
Glen Wilson lives in Portadown, Co. Armagh with his wife Rhonda and children Sian and Cain. He has been published in Iota, A New Ulster and The Interpreters House. In 2014 he won the Poetry Space competition and was shortlisted for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize.
At the speed of light, squared by AKaiser
AKaiser’s poems have recently appeared in Amsterdam Quarterly, Temenos Journal and Coldnoon: Travel Poetics. This past spring, she was a resident at JIWAR, Spain.
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