MP accuses BAME book prize of discrimination

by Sunny Singh Equalities and Human Rights Commission demands justification from Jhalak Prize, following complaint from Philip Davies MP March 17, 2017: The date that the very first Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour was awarded. It was an evening that all of us involved with the prize had… Read More

And the winner of the inaugural Jhalak Prize is…

Today, we announce the winner of the first ever Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour. Jacob Ross, novelist, short story writer and tutor, wins the £1000 prize with his first foray into crime fiction, The Bone Readers. The book, described by judge Musa Okwonga as ‘by turns thrilling, visceral… Read More

Top 12 Books by Novelists of Colour Published in 2015

by Samira Sawlani It has been a joy to see the authors and books I mentioned in my Top 10 Books by Novelists of Colour published in 2014 list gain great successes and recognition in 2015. For example, Marlon James won the Man Booker Prize for A Brief History of Seven Killings, Imran Garda’s The… Read More

Review: “Hotel Arcadia” by Sunny Singh

by Samira Sawlani ‘Her photographs are tombstones for those unnumbered, nameless dead. But she files away the negatives and memory cards and crams the commendations, critiques, prizes in an ancient, creaking Ikea cabinet in the far corner of her studio.’ So begins Sunny Singh’s literary thriller Hotel Arcadia, immediately grasping the attention of the reader… Read More

If we no longer recognise ethnicity, does racism still exist?

by Huma Munshi   Last Friday night, Sunny Singh, a writer, lecturer and long-time resident of the UK was returning home from a night out with her brother and friend when they were subjected to an unprovoked and horrific racist attack. It included violence and repeated use of the “p” word. What made this situation particularly… Read More