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Mahsuda Snaith on writing her own way

SI Leeds Literary Prize-winner and Inscribe-supported writer Mahsuda Snaith was named one of The Guardian's Faces of Fiction 2017. In the article, she discusses why she chose to challenge the traditional tropes she saw in mainstream Asian fiction: 'As I was growing up and reading books by Asian writers, there was a very big force to have a stereotype of headscarves, or terrorism, or arranged marriages. And those stories are important, but there are other stories.'

She added, 'My experience of growing up was that there were lots of brilliant, eccentric people, and a sense of community.'

The Guardian also recounts how Snaith decided to write about disability in her novel: 'In earlier drafts of the novel Ravine was in a coma, but Snaith granted her a reprieve as she discovered there were limits to how passive a central character could be. The effects of chronic pain would, she realised, still isolate Ravine, as her narrative required, but allow for rather more in the way of both agency and hope.'

As winner of the SI Leeds Literary Prize, Mahsuda has received support from Inscribe. She also appeared in our anthology, Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories, edited by Jacob Ross (Series Editor: Kadija Sesay).

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