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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.


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.  

Find out more...

Wasafiri Extra

BidishaThe writer and broadcaster Bidisha has written a two-part piece on Asylum and Refuge for Wasafiri.

You can read Part One this week.

The winners of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize have been announced.

Read Rebecca Foster's review of Kaiser Haq's Triumph of the Snake Goddess. Kaiser's poems and essay 'The Hijra Comes in from the Heat and Dust: Notes towards a Definition of Bangladeshi Writing in English' feature in Wasafiri's latest issue, 'A Voice in the World: A Special Issue on Bangladesh'

The winners of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize have been announced.

If you would like to enter the Prize next year, please take 2 minutes to fill in this questionnaire.

Also, the latest shortlisted entry from the 2014 Wasafiri New Writing Prize, 'At the speed of light, squared' by AKaiser, is free to read online.

Listen to Jean Khalfa and Olivier Fanon discuss Freedom according to Frantz Fanon on the RFI website.


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