Shah Tazrian Ashrafi

A case for funding the Bangladeshi English-writing scene

If the country’s literary potential is not given generous support, we may never create favourable conditions for aspiring writers to devote time and energy to the art

2m ago

A country coming to life

Weaving the grand themes of politics and history, the book is a revelation into how the ordinary lives within a country are buffeted by constant changes.

3m ago

Explosive speculative fiction in the latest issue of ‘Small World City’

What struck me the most about these stories is the firm, unflinching, and confident authorial voice sneaking up on and dictating the reader’s thoughts, orienting them to feel sympathy for the characters no matter how unlikeable they are.

6m ago

4 fully funded Creative Writing MFA programs in the US worth exploring

While Canada, and now some programs in the UK, have also started offering the degree, it is in the United States that it is most common and rigorous.

1y ago

6 UK small presses that consider unsolicited submissions

This means you can submit a manuscript on your own, without a literary agent.

1y ago

A fellowship of humanity and the wild

Martell’s narrative journalism is a lesson for those in the field as to how a writer can instil empathy for the others around. The reader can taste affection for both the animals and humans in his storytelling.

1y ago

Local publishers, sales, and the 2023 Dhaka Lit Fest

This year a ticketing system was imposed. As such, sales were lower than expected.

1y ago

Dhaka Lit Fest 2023: What the agent does for writers and actors

Despite the popularity of TV, cinematic rights come with their drawbacks. While it is thrilling for a novelist to have their work taken up by a production house, sometimes their work ends up in a forgotten corner for a long time.

1y ago
March 27, 2024
March 27, 2024

A case for funding the Bangladeshi English-writing scene

If the country’s literary potential is not given generous support, we may never create favourable conditions for aspiring writers to devote time and energy to the art

March 13, 2024
March 13, 2024

A country coming to life

Weaving the grand themes of politics and history, the book is a revelation into how the ordinary lives within a country are buffeted by constant changes.

December 11, 2023
December 11, 2023

Explosive speculative fiction in the latest issue of ‘Small World City’

What struck me the most about these stories is the firm, unflinching, and confident authorial voice sneaking up on and dictating the reader’s thoughts, orienting them to feel sympathy for the characters no matter how unlikeable they are.

April 2, 2023
April 2, 2023

4 fully funded Creative Writing MFA programs in the US worth exploring

While Canada, and now some programs in the UK, have also started offering the degree, it is in the United States that it is most common and rigorous.

February 24, 2023
February 24, 2023

6 UK small presses that consider unsolicited submissions

This means you can submit a manuscript on your own, without a literary agent.

February 23, 2023
February 23, 2023

A fellowship of humanity and the wild

Martell’s narrative journalism is a lesson for those in the field as to how a writer can instil empathy for the others around. The reader can taste affection for both the animals and humans in his storytelling.

January 12, 2023
January 12, 2023

Local publishers, sales, and the 2023 Dhaka Lit Fest

This year a ticketing system was imposed. As such, sales were lower than expected.

January 8, 2023
January 8, 2023

Dhaka Lit Fest 2023: What the agent does for writers and actors

Despite the popularity of TV, cinematic rights come with their drawbacks. While it is thrilling for a novelist to have their work taken up by a production house, sometimes their work ends up in a forgotten corner for a long time.

September 29, 2022
September 29, 2022

Portrait of a family through an intelligence agent’s eyes

Besides the brilliantly unconventional addition of an Intelligence Agent as the main audience, the story’s language, unflinchingly charged with a humorous tone, is enough to keep a reader’s eyes glued to the screen.

September 1, 2022
September 1, 2022

Bleak realities in the shadow of China’s rise

In May 2022, Joanna Chiu won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for her debut nonfiction book, China Unbound: A New World Disorder (Hurst, November 2021).

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