Some Freedom Dreams by Ndinda Kioko

Ndinda Kioko is the winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017, fiction category.

Samira wanted me to say yes. She had asked if I could accompany her to an exhibition later that day. Though this was the kind of thing I hated, it was impossible to say no to Samira with my head resting on the softness of her thigh, with her hands twisting my hair into Bantu knots. When I said yes, she shifted her body on the bed so that my head rested on the bare mattress, and then she kissed me.



Julie Abrams-Humphries

Crinoline Lady by Julie Abrams-Humphries

Crinoline Lady Julie Abrams-Humphries It was 3.30pm on a winter’s day. I heard a scream and pushed open the door. The floral curtains were wide open in our bay window. If Dad had been home, the curtains would have been drawn, he didn’t like people to stare in. He wouldn’t have liked what they could…

Mehran Waheed

Petit Navire by Mehran Waheed

Il était un petit navire Qui n’avait jamais navigué. Ohé! Ohé! (Traditional French children’s song)   Petit Navire by Mehran Waheed Monsters hide beneath your jungle hair, itching to settle like Migrant lice, refugee nits, Islamic ticks burrowed within your scalp. Mixed skin bubbles and bends….

Know Your Place book

Know Your Place Anthology reviewed by Zeba Talkhani

Know Your Place is a collection of essays on working class experiences by 22 writers including Kit de Waal, Durre Shahwar Mughal and Catherine O’Flynn. Published by Liverpudlian indie Dead Ink, it was crowdfunded on Kickstarter, which is fast becoming the standard for book projects that mix social a…



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.