Susheila Nasta MBE, Editor-in-Chief

Susheila Nasta founded the magazine in 1984 and is an academic, critic, literary activist and presenter. Judge of several literary prizes, she has published widely on Caribbean, South Asian and Black British literatures. Known for pioneering Wasafiri’s distinctive role as beacon for literary diversity, she also established curriculum change within academic institutions. She has led a number of publically-funded research projects; most recently leading the curation of an outdoor photographic exhibition featuring the long history of India/South Asia in Britain. Click here to find out more.


Malachi McIntosh, Editor and Publishing Director

Malachi McIntosh joins Wasafiri from the Runnymede Trust, where he co-led the award-winning Our Migration Story project. Prior to working for Runnymede, Malachi spent four years as a lecturer in postcolonial literature at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Emigration and Caribbean Literature and the editor of Beyond Calypso: Re-Reading Samuel Selvon. 

Malachi’s fiction and non-fiction have been published widely, including in the Caribbean Review of Books, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Fugue, The Guardian, The Journal of Romance Studies, Under the Radar, Research in African Literatures, The Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature, and The Book of Birmingham.


Pauline Walker, Administration and Programmes Manager

Pauline Walker is a writer and freelance theatre and events producer.  Her career has spanned the BBC, StrongBack Productions, The Alfred Fagon Award, The London Hub, Spare Tyre, Talawa Theatre Company, Rich Mix and other arts organisations. She produces a variety of events in the arts sector working with performing artists, artistic directors, theatres and venues to deliver bespoke events to the public and the industry.

Pauline recently won the top fiction prize from Creative Future Literary Awards and her short story ‘The Wait’ was published in the winners’ anthology ‘Important Nothings’.  Pauline is an alumna from the 2016/17 The Novel Studio run by City, University of London. Pauline is currently writing a novel.

Florian Stadtler, Reviews Editor

Florian Stadtler is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter where he teaches World and Postcolonial Literatures, and Indian and World Cinemas. He has published on South Asian and British Asian literature, film and history and has worked on several research and  public engagement projects on the history of South Asian migration to Britain. With Susheila Nasta he has co-curated the photographic history, Asian Britain (Saqi Books) and his monograph, Fiction, Film and Indian Popular Cinema: Salman Rushdie’s Novels and the Cinematic Imagination is published by Routledge


Leo Jay Shire, Assistant Editor

Leo Jay Shire is a freelance writer and editor, who has helped develop several online magazines, including Rife Magazine and the award-winning online platform gal-dem. Under her middle name, Varaidzo, her work has been published in The Guardian, New Statesman, and award-winning anthology The Good Immigrant, among others.

Emily Mercer, Assistant Editor

Emily Mercer is a PhD candidate at the University of Roehampton working on the inexpressible in the poetry of Anne Carson as part of the AHRC funded Memories of Fiction project. She also teaches, and edits the postgraduate literary journal RoundTable.