The Asian Writer literary festival in London, 21st October 2017

The Asian Writer Festival 2017

The Asian Writer is hosting an all-day festival at the Royal Asiatic Society in London on 21st October 2017 in celebration of the magazine’s tenth anniversary. Critically acclaimed author of The Good Children, Roopa Farooki will be kicking off the day’s proceedings with a keynote speech, drawing on her experience of writing six novels since 2007.

Debut authors, Mahsuda Snaith (The Things We Thought We Knew) and Radhika Swarup (Where the River Parts) will join Penguin Write Now Live mentee Emma Smith-Barton to read from their first novels. The panel, entitled ‘From draft to publication’, will be chaired by Aki Schilz from The Literary Consultancy and will explore the experiences of first time writers.

In ‘Meet the Gatekeepers’ literary agents Lorella Belli (Lorella Belli Literary Agency) and Juliet Pickering (Blake Friedmann) will be joined by Wasafiri deputy editor, Rukshana Yasmin to discuss the role of agents and editors and demystify the business of publishing. Best-selling crime writers Vaseem Khan and AA Dhand will be in conversation with thriller writer, Sanjida Kay to explore the growing popularity of Asian crime fiction. Up-lit to grip-lit will explore what makes good crime fiction.

The Asian Writer Short Story Prize anthology launch will bring new voices to the stage, some of whom are published for the first time. A closing panel will look at love and marriage and whether writers exploring such themes consider it an ultimate road to happiness.

A number of workshops will take place across the day which will give writers an opportunity to develop their writing skills. Lead by Susmita Bhattacharya and Rishi Dastidar, visitors will have the chance to pen short stories and poems. Farhana Shaikh, editor of The Asian Writer will offer tips and advice on how to develop your voice as a writer and the pitfalls to avoid when sending your work out to publishers.

All day festivals are just £30 and can be booked via Eventbrite, click here.

The festival is being supported by a number of partners including The Literary Consultancy, Writing Magazine, Independent Publishers Guild, Arvon, Spread the Word, Mslexia, and Wasafiri.

About The Asian Writer

The Asian Writer is the voice of British Asian writing and is for readers and writers interested in South Asian literature. Established in 2007 by writer, Farhana Shaikh it is both the online magazine and quarterly newsletter. It aims to provide a platform for new and emerging writers of South Asian origin as well as showcase their work.The Asian Writer offers readers an eclectic approach to South Asian writing through profile interviews, Q&A’s, and reviews. It features the latest news, original comment and thoughts on contemporary South Asian literature and publishing as well as practical advice and inspiration.


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