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!