A. H. Nayyar

A. H. Nayyar

Abdul Hameed Nayyar, also known as A.H. Nayyar, is a Pakistani physicist, author, and a freelance consultant on the issues of education, nuclear safety, and energy. He served on the faculty of Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad until his retirement in 2005. Since retirement he has held several research and teaching positions. He was Senior Fellow, SDPI, Islamabad; Country Director, Developments in Literacy; Director, Ali Institute of Education, Lahore; and Visiting Professor, LUMS. He has been regularly spending summer months at Princeton University, USA, as a visiting research scientist. He has edited an Urdu volume Taqat ka Sarab debating nuclear weapons and energy policies.

Aamer Hussein

Aamer Hussein

Born in Karachi in 1955, renowned short story writer, Aamer Hussein moved to London in 1970. He studied Persian, Urdu, and History at SOAS. He has published six acclaimed collections of short fiction, including Mirror to the Sun, This Other Salt, Turquoise, Cactus Town: Selected Stories, Insomnia, and, most recently, The Swan’s Wife (2014). He has also published a novella, Another Gulmohar Tree, and a novel The Cloud Messenger. He edited Kahani: Short Stories by Pakistani Women and has published short fiction in Urdu in Dunyazad. Hussein is a regular columnist for Dawn and reviews regularly for the Independent. A Professorial Writing Fellow at the University of Southampton and Senior Fellow in International Literatures at the Institute of English Studies (London University), he is currently a Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Pakistan at SOAS. He has contributed to the Oxford University Press anthologies Dragonfly in the Sun and Leaving Home, and the title story to Fires in an Autumn Garden.

Adrian A Husain

Adrian A Husain

Adrian A Husain was educated in England and Switzerland. He did his BA (Hons.) at New College, Oxford. He received a PhD for a thesis on Shakespeare and Machiavelli from the University of East Anglia and authored the critically acclaimed Politics and Genre in Hamlet (OUP, 2004). He is a winner of the prestigious Guinness Poetry Prize. A selection of his poems was published under the title Desert Album as part of Pakistan’s Jubilee in English series (OUP, 1997). His collection of sonnets titled Italian Window was published in 2017. His next collection of sonnets, Knife of the Tide awaits publication.

Afshan Shafi

Afshan Shafi

Afshan Shafi lives in Lahore and has studied English Literature and International Studies at the University of Buckingham. She is a senior contributing editor at The Aleph Review. She has published two collections of poetry and is working on her first novel.

Ahdaf Soueif

Ahdaf Soueif

A political and cultural commentator and author, Soueif’s bestselling book, The Map of Love, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize (1999) and has been translated into more than thirty languages. Her account of the Egyptian revolution of 2011, Cairo: a City Transformed, came out in January 2014. From 2011 to 2015, she wrote for al-Shorouk in Egypt. In 2007, Ms Soueif co-founded the Palestine Festival of Literature, which takes place annually in the cities of occupied Palestine and Gaza. The first recipient of the Mahmoud Darwish Award (Palestine) (2010), she has also received the Metropolis Bleu (Canada) and the Constantine Cavafy (Egypt and Greece) (2012) awards. In October 2019, she received the European Cultural Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award for Culture.