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9 July 2024

The Future of Literary Magazines: Wasafiri at Educating Susan Conference

A one-day, in-person event that will include presentations, panels, and networking, featuring writers, academics, researchers, and publishing professionals including Professor Sunny Singh and Professor Deirdre Osborne. The conference, co-organised by Dr Deepa Anappara and Farhana Shaikh, will be an avenue to discuss inclusive approaches to teaching creative writing from around the world. You will also hear from celebrated writers such as Diana Evans and Leone Ross, and from agents and editors about whether or not British publishing has become more inclusive.

Educating Susan: Decolonisation and Inclusivity in creative writing pedagogy and publishing

When: Thursday, 12 September. 8.30am-6pm 

Where: College Building, City, University of London

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The Future of Literary Magazines (4 – 4.45pm)

Curated by Wasafiri magazine to mark its 40th anniversary year, and chaired by its Editor and Publishing Director Sana Goyal, this panel, in partnership with the conference, will feature editors in conversation about the importance of literary magazines in the current arts climate in the UK and offer sustainable and alternative models for the future. Together, Amy Baxter (Bad Form Review), Livia Franchini and Lucy Mercer (Too Little / Too Hard), and Naush Sabah (Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal) will demystify magazine publishing, discuss diversity and inclusivity, and the role magazines play in discovering, nurturing, and championing new critical and creative writing. 

The conference will also feature a presentation on 'Decolonising Autofiction' (11.45 – 1.15pm) from Wasafiri Deputy Editor, Durre Shahwar, and 'Black Words and White Pages: A Dialogue in Decolonial Futures' (9.30 – 10am), co-presented by Wasafiri LAHP Intern, Angelique Golding, and Professor Deirdre Osborne. 

Copies of our 40th Anniversary Issue, Wasafiri 119: Futurisms, and Wasafiri 117: The State of the Industry – alongside a selection of issues from the archive – will be available for sale. 



Spring 2024
Wasafiri 117: The State of the Industry

We start our 40th anniversary year with Wasafiri 117, which has a special focus on ‘The State of the Industry’. Our spring 2024 issue reflects on the contemporary international literary industry through a variety of perspectives, from publishing to academia, via the work of writing, translating, editing, publishing, and teaching.

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