Arifa Akbar

Wasafiri would like to welcome Arifa Akbar as the new Deputy Editor of the magazine.

Arifa Akbar is a journalist, literary critic and columnist. She is also the curator of ‘M-Fest’, a Muslim festival of books and ideas launching at King’s Place, London, in September 2017.

She is the former literary editor of The Independent, where she worked from 2001 until 2016 as a reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk. She has judged the Orwell Prize 2013, the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014 and the British Bookseller Industry Award 2016, and she is the lead judge for Aesthetica Magazine’s short story competition for the third year in 2016.

Arifa has chaired author interviews at the London Literature Festival, Bath Literature Festival, Bradford Literature Festival, Foyles and Asia House, among others. She is on the advisory committee for EnglishPEN’s writing in translation programme. She is a regular newspaper reviewer on Sky News, and reviews books for the FT.

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