Susheila Nasta

Susheila Nasta MBE

Susheila Nasta founded the magazine in 1984 and is now a well-known critic, literary activist and broadcaster. Prior to joining the Open University in 1999, she taught at a number of academic institutions, including the Universities of London and Cambridge.

Born in the UK, she was educated in India, the Netherlands, Germany and Britain. She has been judge of several literary prizes and published widely on Caribbean, South Asian and Black British literatures. Recent books include, Home Truths (2002), Writing Across Worlds (2004), India in Britain (2012) and Asian Britain: A Photographic History (2013). 

She is currently writing a biography entitled, The Bloomsbury Indians and co-editing a major Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing. She remains literary representative for the estate of Sam Selvon. Since 2007, she has been Director of two major research projects on the early contributions Asians made to the making of Britain. In 2011, she was awarded an MBE for her services to black and Asian literature. She is currently an Emeritus Professor at the Open University and has recently joined Queen Mary College as Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature.

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