A Conversation with Lawrence Scott

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the seminal Caribbean novel Witchbroom, Njelle W. Hamilton interviews Lawrence Scott exclusively for Wasafiri Magazine. Lawrence Scott is the acclaimed author of four novels—Witchbroom (1992), Aelred’s Sin (1998), Night Calypso (2004), and Light Falling on Bamboo (2012). He has also published two story collections, Ballad For The New World (1994) and Leaving By Plane Swimming Back Underwater (2015).



Mia Couto talks to Brian Chikwava

Mia Couto rarely comes to London. He is here for the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative. For a writer with quite some silverware to his name it is not surprising that when I arrive at Sofitel London St James it looks like he is already well into what could be a brutalising press and broadcas…

Simon Van der Velde

Five Minute Interview with Simon Van der Velde

Simon Van der Velde was born and educated in Newcastle upon Tyne where he trained and practiced as a lawyer, before leaving the legal profession to concentrate full time on his writing.  He now lives in Newcastle with his wife and two tyrannical children. Simon has won both the Wasafiri New Writing…

Ann Field

A Red Glow in the Night
 by Ann Fields

Ann Field hails from Leixlip, County Kildare, Ireland. Belonging to a Creative Writing Group, she has numerous stories published in magazines and shortlisted to read for Kildare Readers Festival in 2015. Along with writing, Ann enjoys painting and attends a reading group with a penchant for crime th…



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.



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…


Welcome Wasafiri Magazine to Goldsmiths

You are invited to an afternoon’s symposium of discussion with leading scholars in the fields of post-war British Black and Asian Literature with readings by leading writers, sponsored by Wasafiri: 3.30pm–5.30pm – Richard Hoggart Building Prof. John McLeod (University of Leeds) Dr. Malachi McIntosh…