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Launch of Asian writers’ group in Britain

Vaani, a vibrant writer’s group that supports Asian writers while based in Ilford, England will hold its official launch on April 30, in conjunction with the London borough of Redbridge Book & Media Festival (April 8-May 17, 2010). There promises to be a lively discussion among established novelists (please click on its website for more information).  Paid membership is also being accepted where budding asian women writers will receive numerous creative opportunities in which to showcase their talents.

More on the very exciting Festival.  Think Fatima Bhutto and Urdu Poetry.


Here is the longlist just out, for Australia’s prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award 2010.

Peter Carey’s on it.

Longlist for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2010

2010 Orange Prize Longlist

Dear Readers,

Here is the 2010 Orange Prize Longlist for Fiction in full, courtesy of the Bookseller, UK. I believe the news is just out. Some featured novelists are my favourites and I currently own many of the titles:

2010 Orange Prize Longlist for Fiction

You may also like to read this  highly interesting perspective by one of its judges Daisy Goodwin, in the Guardian UK today, who talks about how the  many misery stories highlighting gloom and doom among women novelists almost drove her to despair.  Personally, I agree with Goodwin if some status updates I read by quite a few pessimistic women writers on Facebook are anything to go by.

We forget that we make choices about everyday realities. I have swallowed so many common whinges and lamentations  in the last months I joined the social networking site, that I’ve long lost count.