Joanne Hillhouse, Ivory Kelly and Martin MacIntyre spoke about language, identity and authenticity with moderator Gemma Robinson in the Commonwealth Writers Conversation as part of the Aye Write Festival in Glasgow last Friday, 11 April. The event also celebrated the publication of the first book from Peekash Press, a new imprint from Peepal Tree Press in […]
Writer In Residence
Post Five: Writing About Writing
A few days after my post on writing about lives I had not lived, I was browsing the New York Times at my lunch hangout and I saw short pieces by Zoe Heller (Notes on a Scandal) and Mohsin Hamid (The Reluctant Fundamentalist) on the “write what you know” question. Ms Heller’s conclusion was: “Write […]
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“The reassuring solidity of the mahogany dining table provided much-needed support, though Laila was not conscious of leaning against it as she listened to her mother’s splintered voice spilling out the story: her sister Shaheen, an accident on the highway, and the clinical silence of the intensive care unit as a terrified family huddled together for comfort, waiting for news.”
You can read the rest of Farah Ghuznavi’s gripping new short story “Getting There” here.
Also, do check out all nine posts from Farah’s time as our Writer in Residence for information on ‘negotiating with your muse’ and the ‘road to publication’.
“For you to ask the question, ‘why fiction?’ Why not fiction? I don’t see what it can’t do.”
“When you think about societies that have been locked in seemingly endless cycles of violence, one of the reasons is because of the failure of imagination to see an alternative narrative, an alternative way of being and of living together.”
Melina Nathan, UNDP
“A short story needs to be a perfectly formed drop of water… it should not be stretched out and turned into a rainstorm”