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Pangea author, Fehmida Zakeer, in READ Singapore

Congratulations to Pangea author, Fehmida Zakeer whose story, ‘Pot of Water’ (workshopped in Rebecca LLoyd’s short story group) has been chosen by the National Library Board of Singapore for the 2013 edition of their annual READ Singapore anthology, Under One Sky.

Read more here.


Cultural writing and inspiration: Pangea blog tour

Sarah Hilary invites Liesl Jobson and Fehmida Zakeer to talk about the cultural influences on their writing.

L: Writing is inevitably a way of homecoming at the most elemental level, a return to the core Self of the parts that split off in the daily business of living and get lost. My narratives are never planned. They always arrive, surprising me. The characters that appear are usually some aspect of myself, entirely symbolic, of course, but that is the medium of narrative.

F: My narratives start off as loops inside my head, and only the most persistent ones come down, the characters that refuse to go away until I write about them…so most of the time I’m familiar with my characters, I have lived with them for some days or weeks, I know their little quirks and fears…once everything is put down, there is a sense of relief, the nag-nag in my head disappears and I feel free.

Interviews with Pangea authors at Every Day Fiction

Catch up with the author interviews over at EDF Chronicles:

“A great piece of flash fiction for me must be visual and strike a cord.” Jennifer Walmsley

“I had a teacher in school who encouraged me to write a poem after I finished a book ahead of the rest of the class. The result was an epic tale about a caveman hunting a mammoth, which in turn led to a sequel.” Tom Williams

“My story in Pangea, called “Shuttered Landscape” is about a bride sitting in the attic and looking through a suitcase full of swatches of fabric on the evening of her henna ceremony, a day before the wedding.” Fehmida Zakeer

With many thanks to Rumjhum Biswas for interviewing our authors, and to EDF Chronicles for hosting the interviews.

Coming soon: News of the launch of Pangea in Bristol on July 26


Authors: John Bolland, Indira Chandrasekhar, Andy Charman, Tara Conklin, Emmanuella Dekonor, Mary Farquharson, Vanessa Gebbie, Sarah Hilary, Liesl Jobson, Oonah Joslin, Trilby Kent, Juli Klass, Sarah Leipciger, Clayton Lister, Rebecca Lloyd, Katie Mayes, Shola Olowu-Asante, Tom Remer Williams, Caroline Robinson, Lisa Marie Trump, Stephen Tyson, Jennifer Walmsley, Dee Weaver, Joel Willans, Fehmida Zakeer.

Editors: Indira Chandrasekhar and Rebecca Lloyd.

News from our Authors

Tara Conklin’s debut novel ‘The House Girl’ will be published by William Morrow in the US and Harper Collins in Canada in April 2013.

Vanessa Gebbie’s debut novel, ‘The Coward’s Tale’ was published by Bloomsbury in the UK in 2011, and in the US in 2012.

Mary Farquharson is producing and editing a book and CD of Frederico Garcia Lorca’s poems in the voice of Chevela Vargas, (the Edith Piaf of Latin America).

Sarah Hilary’s short story ‘The Mauve Throw’ received an honourable mention in the Tom Gallon Trust Award 2011 and is available as an ebook from Shortfire Press.

Trilby Kent’s novels ‘Smoke Portrait’ and ‘Stones for my Father’, were published in the UK in 2012.

Joel Willians’s short story collection, ‘Five Reasons for Leaving’, will be published by Route Publishing in the UK and Finland in September 2012.