Booknerds Podcast with Authors of The Punch Magazine Anthology of New Writing

16th January 2022

The Punch Magazine Anthology of New Writing | Select Short Stories by Women Writers | Facebook Live

Publisher: Niyogi Books
We shall be chatting with the contributors and editor about the art of writing short fiction, the inception of the anthology and so much more.
Please feel free to drop your questions for the contributors or editor in the comments during teh live session you just might be featured!!!


WHAT ARE THE DEFINING ELEMENTS OF SHORT FICTION BY CONTEMPORARY WOMEN WRITERS? HOW DO THEY NAVIGATE THE WORLD AROUND THEM TO CREATE LITERATURE?
These questions gave shape to the idea of The Punch Magazine’s inaugural anthology, comprising 18 short stories, selected from the pool of submissions by women writers in India and around the world, that showcase just how culture, besides the past, informs and illuminates literature.,
The stories featured in this anthology reflect a certain kind of sensibility and sensitivity. It takes us along the pathways these writers forge to create art out of the rhythms and ruptures of life, dwelling on their characters’ experiences and memories of a thousand pleasures and pains suspended in the continuum of time. Steeped in the cultural moorings of the places they are set in—from Kashmir to Kerala, and from Washington and London to Rome—these stories portray the concerns and preoccupations of individuals both within and outside the precincts of home. They speak of our times—the way we live, the way we love.

The session shall be featuring the following contributors.

Shireen Quadri
Shireen Quadri is the founder and publisher of The Punch Magazine. As the director of Punch Art and Cultural Foundation, which endeavours to chronicle the proliferation of arts, literature and culture in India and around the world, she has been working in the area of art and culture for the last seven years. She has earlier worked as a marketing and communications professional with several publishing houses, including Westland (Amazon) and Simon & Schuster India. She writes on books, culture, travel and hospitality.

She has served as project coordinator for Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters. She is one of the jury members for the upcoming tve Global Sustainability Film Awards 2021. On Twitter and Instagram, her handle is @shireenquadri. You can reach her through email.

Vineetha Mokkil
Vineetha Mokkil is the author of the short story collection A Happy Place and Other Stories. She received an honorary mention in the Anton Chekhov Prize for Very Short Fiction 2020, was shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award in 2018, and is the winner of the New Asian Writing Short Story Competition 2018. She was a nominee for Best Small Fictions 2019. Her fiction has appeared in Gravel, the Santa Fe Writers’ Project Journal, Barren magazine, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Asian Cha, Melbourne Culture Corner, and in the anthology The Best Asian Short Stories 2018.

Helen Harris
Helen Harris is the author of six novels and many short stories published in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. She has travelled widely and taught creative writing in India and in the Middle East. Today, she lives in London where she has taught creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London, and started a life story writing programme for older people. She is currently working on a series of short stories set in the time of Covid.

Rochelle Potkar
Rochelle Potkar is an alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program (2015) and a Charles Wallace Writer’s Fellow, University of Stirling (2017). Fictionist, poet, critic, curator, editor, translator and screenwriter, her book of haibun, Paper Asylum, was shortlisted at the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2020. Her poetry film, Skirt, features on Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland. Bombay Hangovers is her recent book, a collection of 16 short stories across caste, class and religion, set in Mumbai.

Anila SK
Anila SK is an international development professional with interests in writing and film-making. She has worked for several international development agencies, including the United Nations World Food Program in Sudan and the government of Sri Lanka. She has spent her time between India and Sri Lanka. She believes that living in two different countries and witnessing war, death and separation have shaped her perspectives of life.

Humra Qureshi
Humra Quraishi is a Delhi-based writer-columnist-journalist. She has several publications to her credit, including two short story collections, Bad Time Tales and More Bad Time Tales. She has co-authored Absolute Khushwant and a series of writings with the late Khushwant Singh. One of her essays, ‘The State Can’t Snatch Away our Children’, is part of the Zubaan published anthology, Of Mothers and Others.

Meena Menon
Meena Menon is an independent journalist and former deputy editor, The Hindu. She is also a doctoral candidate in the School of History, University of Leeds, UK. She is the author of the books Riots and After in Mumbai, Reporting Pakistan, Organic Cotton: Reinventing the Wheel, and has co-authored A Frayed History, the Journey of Cotton in India. She is the recipient of several media fellowships and has been a journalist since 1984. The inspiration for the story in this anthology came from a paper by Shahnawaz Khan, a Kashmiri journalist who researched closed cinemas in Kashmir as part of a Sarai-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) short-term fellowship project in 2007.

Shilpa Raina
A former journalist who now designs brand strategies and communications for some top homegrown brands in the design universe. Her words have appeared in The Hindu, The Indian Express, Deccan Herald, TAKE on Art magazine and Firstpost. Her first short story featured in the anthology, Once We Had Everything

Ameta Bal
Ameta Bal is a postgraduate in Fashion and English Literature. She has worked with Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Marie Claire and Elle, and alternated between living in Mumbai and Delhi multiple times. She is currently learning Korean, and spends her time gaming, watching and reading all things apocalyptic, while trying in vain to shun social media.

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