tishani-doshiTishani Doshi, an award-winning writer and dancer of Welsh-Gujarati descent, joined in May this year the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the world’s largest literary prize for young writers, as a judge for this year’s competition.

‌Tishani Doshi is the author of four books of poetry and fiction. Her most recent books include Fountainville (Seren), a retelling of a myth from the Mabinogion, and a collection of poems, Everything Begins Elsewhere.

Her appointment to the judging panel shows the global reach of the International Dylan Thomas Prize, which was launched in 2006. Sponsored by Swansea University, the Prize is aimed at encouraging creative talent worldwide. Previous winners have hailed from the US, Australia, Vietnam, Northern Ireland and Wales.

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GriffithThe editors of ‘TWENTY UNDER 40 IN THE ASIAN CENTURY’, a forthcoming issue of Griffith REVIEW, are looking for the best young writers of this generation — writers under the age of 40 (i.e. born after 1975) who will be those to watch from the Asia Pacific.

This publication seeks ORIGINAL VOICES and NEW INSIGHTS from the AP region. AP Writers supports this initiative.

In our glaringly unequal world, commercial success seems a panacea. It frees the infinitesimally few writers who achieve it to write: NYT

Mohsin hamidFor writers in our thoroughly marketized global culture and economy, the draws of commercial success are clear. As Virginia Woolf wrote 85 years ago: “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction,” circumstances likely “out of the question, unless her parents were exceptionally rich or very noble.”

Her words apply to men today as well. Ours is a glaringly unequal world. Money and a room of one’s own are distant prospects for many young writers. Commercial success seems, therefore, a panacea. It frees the infinitesimally few writers who achieve it to write.

‘The Escaped Moments’ novel by  Jaasindah R Mir released: Kashmir Times

Asserting that the youth of Kashmir are very talented and can create master pieces in literature if guided and mentored properly by senior writers, authors, novelists and academicians, Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat Ahmad today urged the young writers to pen down their observations on the natural landscape of Kashmir which he said “has lot to offer and inspire.”

Chinese author Yang Zewei
Chinese author Yang Zewei

Chinese writers under 30 are stepping into the limelight with the New Wave series released in June.

Bai Ye, a literary critic who has traced the post-1980 generation for more than 10 years, spoke at the book launch, praising the young writers’ works.

“I used to worry that they would never come of age,” he says. “I don’t have that worry anymore.”

The series consists of three novels. There Is Nothing Like a Cat looks at urban relationships from the eyes of a cat; Bian Wai talks about a young man’s aspirations to work in the bureaucratic system; and Qing Ci depicts a tormented and out-of-control love life.