Bare Lit Anthology reviewed by Dzifa Benson

On the one hand, it’s a shame that a book such as the Bare Lit anthology is necessary. Its very existence shows that the mainstream publishing industry risks making itself culturally irrelevant if it continues its present trajectory of passing over writers of colour. On the other hand, it is a vital that such a book exists because it acts as a kind of index of cultural independence and emblem of innovation within the publishing industry which has been slow to recognise the sheer scope, talent and value of BAME writers.



Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey Interview – The Tryst

Monique Roffey was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and educated in the UK. She is the author of six books, five novels and a memoir. Three of her novels are set in Trinidad and the Caribbean region. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle (2009) was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2010 and the Enco…

Rafael Gamero

Ray by Rafael Gamero

Ray 1. Ray and I got suspended from school for a whole week and we were the only two kids around to enjoy it. To be honest though, I never understood why he did everything he did, or why I followed him all the time. 2. On Friday, just before he flashed his tilly, he dared me to spit on a girl’s head…

Qaisra Shahraz

The Journey by Qaisra Shahraz

The Journey by Qaisra Shahraz New Delhi and Kot Badal Khan, India; Lahore, Pakistan, August 1967 Poor Raju was having the same dream again. In it, he was once more the boy he had been, aged seven years old. “Water, water!” he demanded in his child’s piping voice, tugging at the man’s arm. A hand cla…



Issue 91: Autumn 2017

Fiction by Cindy Lam, Michael Tsang, Dorothy Tse and Denis Wong
Poems by Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Henry W Leung, Nicholas Wong
Interviews with Nicholas Wong and Xu Xi
Articles on Hong Kong Comics: Reading the Local and Writing the City, Writing from the Outside? Post-1997 Expatriate Writing in Hong Kong, Relocalising Hong Kong Screens, and Something Sets Us Looking for a Place: Poetry of Jennifer Wong and Sarah Howe
Art Essay on Street Protest in Hong Kong since the Handover
Reviews of Jason Y Ng's Umbrellas in Bloom: Hong Kong's Occupy Movement Uncovered, 
John Chee's My Father's Kowloon City, 
Xu Xi's That Man in Our Lives, Madeleine Thien's Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Diao Dou's Points of Origin, Xiaolu Guo's Once Upon a Time in the East, Rebekah Chan's Afterness: Literature from the New Transnational Asia, Yaya Yao's Flesh, Tongue, Karan Mahajan's Association of Small Bombs, Kerry Young's Show Me a Mountain, Hannah Lowe's Chan, Fiston Mwanza Mujila's Tram 83, Nikesh Shuka's The Good Immigrant, and Hirsh Sawhney's South Haven

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Asian Writer Festival

The Asian Writer Festival

Wasafiri Deputy Editor, Rukhsana Yasmin will be chairing a panel at The Asian Writer Festival on Saturday 21st October 2017 at The Royal Asiatic Society. For one day only, The Asian Writer will bring together the contents of its website – interviews, masterclasses and features on literary trends – i…

Talent Lab 2017

TalentLab 2017 – Call for Applications

B3 Media, a leading media arts network, is launching another year of TalentLab – an innovative creative development programme aimed at Black, Asian and minority ethnic artists, writers, creative producers and filmmakers who are ready to take their careers to the next level.

Highland Book Prize

The Highlands Book Prize Launches

A new book prize, established this year, will celebrate the finest work that recognises the rich culture, heritage and landscape of the Highlands. The Highland Book Prize aims to showcase the literary talent of the region and to raise the profile of work created in or about the Highlands.