I’m a member of The Whole Kahani, a collective of South Asian writers. Earlier last year, we are approached by Dahlia Publishing to put stories forward for an anthology that the press was considering putting out.
We workshopped quite a number of stories, and although not all of them could be included, finally came up with what I think is a pretty good, thematically consistent collection. The overarching theme was “love, longing and friendship” – so a fairly wide range of stories could be considered eligible!
Once the stories had been workshopped, Dahlia Press considered our list, and put together a working copy of the anthology. After a good few iterations, we’re proud to have had the launch of The Whole Kahani’s first anthology: Love Across a Broken Map!
The launch took place in May in the Nehru Centre, which is a fantastic location. Authors read excerpts from their stories, and took questions at the end. There are some official photos coming soon, but here’s a sneak preview of me reading from my story, “Watermelon Seeds”. Many thanks to Dahlia Publishing and to the other members of The Whole Kahani for putting together such a fabulous anthology!
And to continue catching up, way back in March I was very pleased to be included in the third Words and Women anthology. These showcase the work of women writers in the east of England, and are published by Unthank books. Unfortunately, I seem to have put my copy of the anthology in a Very Safe Place, so here’s a picture of the first one instead:
The launch was held in Norwich, so my husband and I went up for the weekend. If you haven’t been, it’s definitely worth a visit! There are loads of literary events on this summer, and the Norwich Writers’ Centre is a great site for information.
Of course, there’s also the Words and Women blog itself. This has information on competitions, festivals, submission opportunities and workshops. Have a look, and for those of you who are eligible, keep an eye out for next year’s competition call.
So it’s been a very long time since I posted anything here – long enough for me to have forgotten how to actually log in!
So what’s been happening since then?
Firstly, I’ve enrolled in a Creative Writing MA at City University, to begin in September. The City MA is slightly different from many others, because it focuses on completing a novel. To that end there are no modules on writing plays, articles, poems or short stories. Each year the students publish an anthology, and I’ve been lucky enough to grab a copy of last year’s. Curiously, I can’t actually find out where you’d buy them – if you have any idea, let me know!