Category: Interviews

Smriti Ravindra’s debut novel is a wholesome exploration of a “sense of place.”

Smriti Ravindra is a Nepali-Indian writer. Her fiction and journalism have been published globally, including in the US, India, and Nepal. She currently resides in Mumbai, India. The Woman Who Climbed Trees is her first novel and is the latest addition to internationally published Nepali diasporic literature through which she goes on a psychological journey in search of “the place”. 

I began writing as a child, Paula O.M. Otukile

Paula O.M. Otukile the founder of the Mulher Forte African Literature Awards. Born in Mahalapye, Botswana, Paula is the chief executive editor of Listen to Africa magazine, editor of Diaspora Times Global, and a literature columnist for Mt. Kenya Times. Her accolades include: Nominated for Zikomo Africa Awards Zambia (Best Book of The Year, and Best Author of The Year), 2021 Global AfriCAN Author honoree award, 2021 Advocate of The Year – Gender Activist, Monrovia, Liberia, and Best Gender Activist, Lagos, Nigeria

“The translation” is wide open window to the world, Koshalee Sirichandra

Sri Lanka’s literary landscape has a very particular space for transalted work. Hundreads of translations are launched in this island nation by its relatively small publishing community which as a number is very insignificant compared with India and Bangladesh. However, as a percentation against the original work published in two main langauges spoken in the island nation, and the little the English writers in Sri Lanka do, translations into Sinhala records the majority. 

Africa has contributed immensely to the development of global literature- Folu Agoi

Folu Agoi, President of the Nigerian Centre of PEN International (aka PEN Nigeria), erstwhile Chairman of Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, Lagos Branch (March 13, 2004 – October 13, 2007), winner of BBC Poetry Competition (2001) and several other awards – including Prof Wole Soyinka Award for Literature (2007), Mother Drum Golden Award for Excellence (2012), The Tutuola Palm for Poetry award (by The Delta Book Club; July 23, 2019), and SWANA 2020 Poetry Competition (Nov 7, 2020; SWANA…

I started writing in my school notebooks when I was eleven- Stanley Gazamba

Stanley Gazemba’s novel, ‘The Stone Hills of Maragoli’, published in the USA as ‘Forbidden Fruit’ (The Mantle, NY) won the Jomo Kenyatta prize for Kenyan Literature in 2003. He is also the author of ‘Khama’ (shortlisted for the Wilbur and Niso Smith Adventure Writing Prize, also published by The Mantle), ‘Ghettoboy’ (shortlisted for the Kwani? Manuscript Prize) and ‘Callused Hands’. His collection of short stories, ‘Dog Meat Samosa’ was recently published by Regal House Publishing of Raleigh, USA. His novel, ‘Footprints in the Sand’ will be published in Sweden in 2022.

I want my stories to go beyond Kenya- Cynthia Abdallah

Cynthia Abdallah is a Kenyan-born writer, poet and educator. She is the author of My Six Little Fears (poetry) and The Musunzu Tree (short stories) and The Author’s Feet (poetry). She currently lives and works in Venezuela, South America, where she teaches Language and Literature. Her work has appeared in numerous online magazines and in print. These include The Tokyo Poetry Journal (Japan), Kwani? Uchaguzi Edition(Kenya), Ake Review (Nigeria), Quailbell Magazine (USA), Kalahari Review (Kenya), Nalubaale Review(Uganda), Active Muse (India) and the Bodies and Scars anthology by Ghana Literary Journal. 

“Tit-Tik depicts the unbreakable bond between a man and his pet dog” Ragulan Tharmakulasingam

Sri Lanka is the birthplace of several multitalented, visionary and unconventional artists. They range from writers to performing artists who have swum across the ring of salty waters and show the world the irresistible might the island nation possesses. They are the magic coins of countries creative economies, the glue of the nation united future, and the ambassadors of Sri Lanka

“Literature can break down any divisions” Sakina Mohammed, award-winning Sri Lankan writer of My Poetic Place.

Sri Lankan authors are known for their compelling penmanship that never draws far from Sri Lankan roots, rich in culture and Sri Lankan traditions. Here’s a list of the ten best books by Sri Lankan authors that will take you down a road of rich cultures and past societies! Most of them write prose, but a few very special ones have crossed the island’s salty ring of water with gifted skills in poetry. Sakina Mohammed is one of them. The Asian Review is pleased to introduce Sakina, who believes in the might of Literature for reconciliation and social cohesion.