Brave New Words: The Power of Writing Now by Susheila Nasta
Fifteen specially commissioned essays from distinguished authors explore the value of critical thinking, the power of the written word, and the resonance of literature in the twenty-first century.
Each of the fifteen essays explores the crucial place of the writer, past and present. Their work articulates 'brave new words' at the heart of battles against limitations on fundamental rights of citizenship, the closure of national borders, fake news, and an increasing reluctance to engage with critical democratic debate. Contributors include: Jay Bernard; Bernardine Evaristo; Kevin Eze; Romesh Gunesekera; Eva Hoffman; James Kelman; Tabish Khair; Kei Miller; Blake Morrison; Shivanee Ramlochan; Bina Shah; Raja Shehadeh; Marina Warner
About the Author: Susheila Nasta, MBE is Editor-in-Chief of Wasafiri, the magazine of international contemporary writing she founded in 1984. A literary activist, writer and presenter, she is Professor of Contemporary and Modern Literatures at Queen Mary, University of London and Professor Emeritus at the Open University. She has published widely on postcolonial and contemporary writing. She is co-editor of the first Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing (forthcoming 2019). Rukhsana Yasmin is Deputy Editor of Wasafiri. A former editor at Saqi Books, Profile Books, Serpent's Tail and Jacaranda, she was the winner of the 2012 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for Women in Publishing and in 2014 was named a Bookseller Rising Star. She speaks frequently on diversity in publishing, Muslim literature and international writing.
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