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Wasafiri is Britain’s premier magazine for international contemporary writing. Published quarterly, it has established a distinctive reputation for promoting work by new and established voices across the globe.

Wasafiri was launched in 1984 at the University of Kent, the brainchild of Susheila Nasta. It derived initially from the activities of ATCAL (Association for the Teaching of Caribbean, African, Asian and Associated Literatures), an association formed in 1978 to bring about a much‑needed change to curricula in universities and schools and get writers like Derek Walcott, Jean Rhys and VS Naipaul on to school and university syllabuses.

At that time, an inaugural aim of Wasafiri was to provide serious literary and critical coverage of writers who often struggled, because of their cultural or ethnic backgrounds, to get adequate notice in the mainstream press.

Many writers published in Wasafiri have been nominated for major literary awards, including Abdulrazak Gurnah (shortlisted for the Booker in 1994) and John Haynes (winner of the Costa Poetry Prize in 2006 and the Troubadour Poetry Prize in 2007), as well as Segun Afolabi, who won the Caine Prize for ‘Monday Morning’ (published in issue 41) and later Orange Prize nominees Bernardine Evaristo and Kamila Shamsie.


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