It was such a pleasure to sit down with journalist, author, and powerlifter, Poorna Bell and discuss her new book, Stronger and her work to empower young women and girls. Stronger explores how we socialise the younger generation, how we perceive strength, intersectionality and identity, particularly South Asian female identity, colourism, and all the barriers.... Continue Reading →
We've put together some core reading lists with recommendations across multiple genres that celebrate just a handful of the diverse and intersectional voices from the diaspora...
Where Are You From? "Where are you from?" I get asked this all the time. I usually say "Huddersfield” or “West Yorkshire" or something along those lines.Then the question "Where are you really from?"I say "I was born in England" and then there’s a look of bemusement.I ask "Do you mean what is my ethnic... Continue Reading →
The girl in the emerald green sari, Fifteen with a mind fuelled with dreams. Starry eyed, Raj Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore Playful. Singing through Eldorets streams. #southasianheritagemonth #ourstoriesmatter @SAHM_UK @SthAsianWriters #SouthAsianWriters by Sneha S P (@poetrybysneha_)
Reflecting On Black History Month
This October, we celebrate British Black History and heritage. The South Asian Heritage Month team and I have been reflecting on this for the last few weeks and what this means for us as South Asians. It's so important to remember that, while we are working towards creating space for our voices and stories, we... Continue Reading →
Introducing- Picture Books by South Asian Authors: A Guest Post by Lantana Publishing
At Lantana, we believe all children deserve to see themselves in the books they read. We publish inclusive books celebrating our differences written by authors from diverse cultures and backgrounds. We are honoured to work with some amazing authors and illustrators of South Asian descent, who we are proud to showcase here. Their fun, joyful and stunning picture books celebrate the influence of South Asian cultures on British storytelling traditions.
Before I'm anything else, I am my mother's tongue, I am part of history that is older than Partition, older than the differences that divide us as nations, before anything else, I am Sindhi born and bred.
Partition: Divide et impera – Divide Conquer and Rule? by Maariah Awan
Borders divided communities. Families were torn apart. Lines meant lives. It was one of the deadliest communal massacres of the 20th century. This is Partition.
This is a folding harmonium, made in Germany for export in the late 19th century. It was shipped to Karachi where it was bought from a music store for my grandmother, Inderjit.
In Conversation With: Sabba Khan
I've always admired the way Sabba's work walks the fine line of commenting on the more barbed and fractious aspects of South Asian and Muslim identity without falling into the trap of depicting these things as other or lesser.