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Battleface by Sabrina Mahfouz – An Extract

An extract from the short play ‘Battleface’ by Sabrina Mahfouz, which is published in The Things I Would Tell You (Saqi Books, 2017). From established literary heavyweights to emerging spoken word artists, the writers in this ground-breaking collection blow away the narrow image of the ‘Muslim Woman’.

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Amaal Said

I keep trying to lose my body – Poem by Amaal Said

I keep trying to lose my body I imagine the plates of food left uneaten, placed back on the counter as soon as the kitchen had been emptied. She asked, ‘do you want to die?’ I knew the right answer was ‘no’ but my mouth was too dry. I gifted myself with scales, kept waking up in the night to check i…

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Aria Aber

Five Minute Interview with Aria Aber

Aria Aber was the joint-winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize for Poetry 2014. Her winning poem was ‘First Generation Immigrant Child’. She lives in London. — What are you reading right now? Muriel Rukeyser’s The Life of Poetry. Where do you write? Everywhere. I am both a public and private writ…

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LATEST ISSUE

Issue 89: Spring 2017

Fiction by Amita Murray, Makena Onjerika, Merih Günay and Maria Thomas
Poems by Agnes Lam, Rabindra Swain, Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton, Sudeep Sen, Alan Britt, Anne Elvey and Shadab Zeest Hashmi
Interviews with Agnes Lam, Sudeep Sen and Kevin Hosein
Articles on Hare Street, Labours of love: Literary translation inside and outside the marketplace, The Indian Ocean meets the South Seas: Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Desertion and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Beachcombers and Reimagining National Identity Through Reenactment in the Pacific and Australia
Art Essay on Yinka Shonibare MBE and ‘The British Library'
Reviews of Tabish Khair's The New Xenophobia, Rehana Ahmed Writing British Muslims: Religion, Class and Multiculturalism, James Kelman Dirt Road, Peter Kalu The Silent Striker and Jacob Ross, ed Closure: Contemporary Black British Stories

And the 2016 Wasafiri New Writing Prize Winners: Life Writing, Poetry, Fiction

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New Writing Prize

The Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017 is now open for entries in poetry, fiction and life writing. £300 will be awarded to the winner of each category and the work will be published in the magazine.

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NEWS & EVENTS

The Things I Would Tell You

‘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. She was awarded the 2014 Fringe First Award for her play Chef and her first p…

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Wasafiri Event

Muslim, Female and Feminist: In Words and Images

Muslim, Female and Feminist: In Words and Images Thursday 13 April 2017, 6.30pm-8.30pm The Library, 112 St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4BD What does it mean to be Young, Muslim and feminist today? Is the West obsessed by the way Muslim women look? Can we look beyond the veil to women’s relationship…

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