Author Archives: Afshan Shafi

New energy

Creative spaces give breathing room The ‘Pakistan Poetry Slam’ is an initiative that was launched recently by Zainab Syed and Zohab Khan at ‘The Last Word’ bookshop in Lahore. Their first event

A spiritual grace

A captivating text, if anything Rachel Cusk’s writing has this remarkable quality of revisitation even in addressing the present. To review ‘Outline’ then, with honesty, would be to undertake an analysis of

The urge to provoke

And tantalise   Yasmina Reza has written a book that reads more like a subtle and masterful performance of values than a text anchored to the buttress of plot. Each chapter bears

Honest lament

Scripting tender invitations to the reader     Bill Clegg’s journey, from penning two memoirs on drug addiction to this, his first novel, charts a riveting topography indeed. One would expect then,

The spells of life

  Ali Smith’s prose is wrought with so much dreaming, it positively sings with disarming, meticulous joy. In turn her reader is transformed, utterly, in expectation. In her latest novel ‘How to

‘A thousand perfumed dreams’

Farhat Attiqur Rahman’s book of soulful poetry     The title of this collection ‘A thousand perfumed dreams’ is perhaps the best indication of the delicacy, and prescience of the poems inside.