Susheila Nasta

Susheila Nasta MBE

Susheila Nasta founded the magazine in 1984 and is academic, critic, literary activist and presenter. Judge of several literary prizes, she has published widely on Caribbean, South Asian and Black British literatures. Books include, Home Truths (2002), Writing Across Worlds (2004), India in Britain (2012) and Asian Britain: A Photographic History (2013). Now Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature at QMUL and Emeritus at the OU, she is currently writing a book on The Bloomsbury Indians and co-editing the first major Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing.

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. See:

Passionately committed to public engagement, she received an MBE for her services to black and Asian literature in 2011.