Writer’s Rant: The distant hum of white noise (from the archives)

Attending The Good Immigrant reading last night has prompted me to revisit a VERY old post from my archives, first published in The Asian Writer (March 2011). Does it still ring true? @nikeshshukla #GoodImmigrant talking about unconscious bias & how people publish in their own image pic.twitter.com/WRfpDKgKEM — Nilam A. McGrath 📝 (@NilamAMcGrath) February 24, … Continue reading Writer’s Rant: The distant hum of white noise (from the archives)

Book review: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

There is a wall that seperates Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport from the neighbouring Annawadi slum in Mumbai. Along the wall are adverts for Italian floor tiles with the corporate slogan 'Beautiful Forever' running it's length. This extraordinary work of narrative non-fiction is about the slum dwellers of Annawadi residing behind the 'Beautiful Forever' wall, hidden and … Continue reading Book review: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Book review: Tender Hooks by Moni Moshin

On the surface, Tender Hooks (also published as Duty Free) appears to be a light read, but it soon becomes clear that our nameless narrator’s naive judgements are vehicles for poking fun at the social norms governing Pakistan’s elite, and the inner workings of her closed circle of opinionated, Prada-wearing, back-stabbing friends. The stock subject … Continue reading Book review: Tender Hooks by Moni Moshin

Review: Count Arthur Strong, Somebody Up There Licks Me, Harrogate Theatre, March 2015

I absolutely love Count Arthur Strong. I discovered him on Radio 4 when I was doing my PhD – a wonderful distraction from the months of coding and analysis – and I’ve been a loyal fan ever since. During his Command Performance in 2012, I thought there wasn’t a wasted word or movement in the … Continue reading Review: Count Arthur Strong, Somebody Up There Licks Me, Harrogate Theatre, March 2015

“Can you say something inspiring?” said the lovely lady from the library.

"Can you say something inspiring?" said the lovely lady from the library. "Er...inspiring? Er..." "Yes! You know, about your volunteering experience, and your library project and how it's helped your career?" "Er...I'll do my best." And here it is, an edited version of my 20 minute keynote speech at an event celebrating the achievements of young … Continue reading “Can you say something inspiring?” said the lovely lady from the library.

A small, excited audience with Jhumpa Lahiri

You could feel the excitement contained in the tiny 8th floor lobby at Broadcasting House. Thirty of us had gathered to listen to the Pulitzer prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri – a woman whose short stories are so powerful and evocative that you believe she is writing about your own life – being interviewed by Harriett … Continue reading A small, excited audience with Jhumpa Lahiri