UK: Asian writers say it’s getting harder to get their work adapted for screen


British Asian novelists are struggling to get their work adapted for television because the lack of representation in the creative industries has “paralysed” the process.

Three rising star novelists last night discussed how the tag “British Asian” affected them as writers and in the wider creative industries, with one saying it took “10 times as long” for a book to get adapted for television.

Sathnam Sanghera, whose books include Marriage Material, said the “infrastructure” to get British Asian work adapted for the screen “is not there”.

“What’s really depressing is that in the 1990s all that great stuff that was on like Goodness Gracious Me, [but] things haven’t moved on; in fact they’ve got worse,” he said, pointing out that the number of black and Asian authors had fallen in the creative industries in recent years.

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