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Wasafiri Video Highlights

Video 2: Anita and Kiran Desai in conversation with Maggie Gee, 2009. For further live recordings, visit our Video page

'Wasafiri is a wonderful and crucial magazine'
Michael Ondaatje

'Wasafiri is a magazine that explores our shared cultural heritage in its widest sense.
Each issue is a triumphantly global adventure'
Daljit Nagra

'In a world which gives voice only to the few, Wasafiri comes to us like a choir of thousands singing the stories of everywhere'
Aminatta Forna



Welcome to Wasafiri

Wasafiri is a literary magazine at the forefront in mapping new landscapes in international literature. Since the early 1980s, it has continued to provide consistent coverage to Britain’s diverse cultural heritage, travel the world via the word and publish the best of tomorrow's writers today.

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30 years and beyond ... When Susheila Nasta started a literary magazine back in 1984 with a small group of like-minded individuals sat around her kitchen table, she couldn't have imagined that thirty years on Wasafiri would be leading the field in contemporary international literature. To mark Wasafiri's 30th anniversary in 2014 we launched a new feature for exclusive fiction online, ran a publishing project with London schools and even took a literary boat trip down the River Thames. To complete our celebrations, we have selected thirty interviews which reflect the breadth of the magazine's publishing history, beginning with Sam Selvon from 1984, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in 2006, Jeet Thayil in 2012 and many more including conversations with Chinua Achebe, Anita Desai, Bernardine Evaristo, Nadine Gordimer, Mohsin Hamid, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Gilian Slovo and Wole Soyinka.  

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Wasafiri Extra

The latest shortlisted entry from the 2014 Wasafiri New Writing Prize, 'Dreamsplitter' by Robin James Ganderton, is now available.


Read 'Spider' by Hamid Ismailov, this quarter's web fiction exclusive published to mark the launch of Wasafiri Issue 81


Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2015 now open! Your chance to win £300 and have your writing published in the magazine!

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Wasafiri's blogger Emmanuel Iduma speaks to author of Migritude, Shailja Patel ...


 Read Selma Dabbagh's review of A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie. Click here


Podcast of Palestinian Voices and Stories, the launch event for Wasafiri 80: Beautiful Resistance, guest edited by Rachel Holmes and Biography, edited by Cynthia Franklin. With readings from Selma Debbagh and Rima Najjar.


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