MSt tutor Roopa Farooki’s work in three new anthologies

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki’s work features in three new anthologies coming out in 2018:

The Asian Writer, A Decade (Dahlia Press), to be launched at the Asian Writer Festival 2018 (Oct 20th)

Paper Mirrors, (Crocus/Commonword), to be launched at the Commonword Prize for Children’s Fiction, 2018 (Dec 12th)

In the New Century: An Anthology of Pakistani English Literature 1998-2017, (OUP, ed. Muneeza Shamsie), launch 2019.

MSt alumna Jingan Young shortlisted for Women of the Future Awards 2018

MSt alumna Jingan Young has been shortlisted for Women of the Future Awards 2018, in the Arts & Culture category.

“The Women of the Future Awards, founded by Pinky Lilani CBE DL in 2006, were conceived to provide a platform for the remarkable female talent in the UK. The awards recognise the inspirational stars of tomorrow across diverse sectors. ….The decision for the award is announced in November.”

About the awards.

MSt alumna Daisy Johnson’s “Everything Under” shortlisted for 2018 Man Booker Prize

MSt alumna Daisy Johnson’s Everything Under has been shortlisted for 2018 Man Booker Prize, 2018.

From the announcement: “The Man Booker Prize is open to writers of any nationality writing in English and published in the UK and Ireland. This year’s shortlist recognises three writers from the UK, two from the US, and one from Canada.”

… The 2018 winner will be announced on Tuesday 16 October in London’s Guildhall, at a dinner that brings together the shortlisted authors and well-known figures from the cultural world. The ceremony will be aired by the BBC, the prize’s broadcast partner.

In the meantime, there will be a number of public events featuring the shortlisted authors. These include an event at The Octagon Centre at the University of Sheffield, as part of the Off the ShelfFestival of Words on Friday 12 October and a discussion at The Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival on Saturday 13 October. This forms part of a day of Man Booker celebrations, which includes the Cheltenham Booker: 1958, and a live performance of the 1983 Booker winner The Life and Times of Michael K by J. M. Coetzee. The traditional Man Booker Prize shortlist readings at the Southbank Centre will take place on Sunday 14 October, hosted by Damian Barr.

You can read the Man Booker announcement here, and articles in The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, The New York Times .


MSt tutor Jenny Lewis’ “Gilgamesh Retold” launches in London, Oxford, 3rd, 4th Oct, 11th Nov 2018

Jenny Lewis relocates Gilgamesh to its earlier, oral roots in a Sumerian society where men and women were more equal, the reigning deity of Gilgamesh’s city, Uruk, was female (Inanna), only women were allowed to brew beer and keep taverns and women had their own language – emesal. With this shift of emphasis, Lewis captures the powerful allure of the world’s oldest poem and gives it a fresh dynamic while creating a fast-paced narrative for a new generation of readers.
‘Not simply a retelling of the ancient epic; it is the spirited response of a contemporary poet to the original legend.’
Theodore Ziolkowski, Gilgamesh Among Us
Wednesday 3 October, 2018,
Goldsmiths, University of London
Free admission to seminar – to attend please email Maria MacDonald,
Thursday 4 October 2018,
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Thursday 11 November, 2018
Oxfordshire launch of Gilgamesh Retold followed by the festival’s popular open mic session. Tickets £5. To buy a ticket/ book a slot contact 01993 812760, or email


MSt almunus Nemat Sadat’s novel “The Carpet Weaver ” to be published by Penguin Random House, June 2019

(image from Penguin Random House)

From the announcement:

Penguin Random House India is proud to announce the publication of The Carpet Weaver by Nemat Sadat in June 2019.

The Kite Runner meets Brokeback Mountain in this sweeping tale of a young gay man’s struggle to come of age and find love in the face of brutal persecution.

Set largely in Afghanistan in the 1970s, The Carpet Weaver traces the odyssey of Kanishka Nurzada, who must grapple with heartbreak and fear because his gay identity is incompatible with his faith and the values his family and community hold dear. The son of a leading carpet seller, Kanishka falls in love with Maihan, with whom he shares his first kiss at the age of sixteen. Their romance must be kept secret in a nation where the death penalty is meted out to those deemed to be kuni, a derogatory term for gay men. And when war comes to Afghanistan, it brings even greater challenges—and danger—for the two lovers.

From the cultural melting pot of Kabul to the horrors of an internment camp in Pakistan, Kanishka’s arduous journey finally takes him to the USA in the desperate search for a place to call home—and the fervent hope of reuniting with his beloved Maihan. But destiny seems to have different plans in store for him.

Nemat Sadat is a prominent activist and journalist currently based in the USA. He is the first native from Afghanistan to have publicly come out as gay and campaign for LGBTQIA rights in Muslim communities worldwide. While teaching at the American University of Afghanistan, he secretly mobilized a gay movement off campus but was then persecuted by the Afghan authorities and deemed a national security threat for allegedly subverting Islam. Sadat has previously worked at ABC News Nightline, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, and The UN Chronicle, and has earned six university degrees, including graduate degrees from Harvard, Columbia, and Oxford. The Carpet Weaver is his first novel.”


MSt director Clare Morgan and tutors Alice Jolly and Roopa Farooki at Writing Coach event

MSt director Clare Morgan and tutors Alice Jolly and Roopa Farooki participated in a Writing Coach panel discussion on “Routes to Publication”, at the Google Digital Academy on 16th August 2018.

(Pictured with Louise Dougherty, John Mitchinson from Unbound, Jacqui Lofthouse from The Writing Coach, Stephanie Zia from Blackbird Books).

MSt alumnus Sam Guglani’s “Histories” nominated for 2018 Edinburgh Book Festival’s First Book Award

MSt alumnus Sam Guglani’s Histories has been nominated for the 2018 Edinburgh Book Festival’s First Book Awards.

From the announcement: “Revealing and intimate interlinked collection of stories set in a hospital, written by a doctor … Sam Guglani’s vivid prose has the raw intensity of poetry that pulls the reader in on every page. Histories is a luminous argument for truly seeing and listening to others and to ourselves.”

MSt tutor Helen Mort elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

(picture from the RSL website)

MSt tutor Helen Mort has been elected one of the Royal Society of Literature’s “40 under 40”

From the RSL announcement:

“The RSL celebrates not only the United Kingdom’s diverse literary heritage but also the best in contemporary English language writing in Britain. The 40 Under 40 initiative honours the achievements of Britain’s younger writers, and introduces a new generation of writers to the Society’s existing Fellowship of over 500.”

More about the election and all the new Fellows and about Helen.