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WritersMosaic & Jhalak launch The Review today

Jhalak&WritersMosaic Review issue 1 cover and editor Guy Gunaratne
  • 26 April, 2024

The first issue of The Review by WritersMosaic & Jhalak is out today.

The Review is an editorially independent, 20-page biannual literary journal, produced by and featuring writers of the global majority, available as an insert in The Bookseller, the UK’s main book trade magazine.

While its placement in The Bookseller ensures visibility to the wider publishing industry, The Review will be, first and foremost, a space for complex and comprehensive literary discussions and debate that addresses the imperial gaze and moves beyond its reach.

The Review is edited and curated by the award-winning novelist Guy Gunaratne with support from a stellar line-up of genre-specific curators.  For this issue, they include Irenosen Okojie (Fiction), Will Harris (Poetry), Colin Grant (Non-fiction), Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Margaret Sturton (Children and Young Adults) and Sarah Shaffi (Forthcoming Titles).

The Review was designed by award-winning independent creative scholar, writer, director, and artist Michael Salu, founder of the creative practice House of Thought. An online edition of The Review will also be published on WritersMosaic.

Guy Gunaratne said of the new publication:

 “Our new journal intends to throw a rigorous and sustained light on some of the most fascinating writers working today. There is an editorial preference for criticism that acts as formative dialogue, revelry in the untried and unexplored, and for writing that makes room for a spirited argument. There is also a sense of unruly defiance on our part. It’ll be like nothing anyone has seen before positioned at the heart of our industry.”

Colin Grant, WritersMosaic Director, explained,

“In joining with the Jhalak Foundation to launch The Review, WritersMosaic relishes the chance to promote this vital work of commissioning new reviews by writers of the global majority in the UK, focused on books by writers of the global majority. At the heart of this exciting new project is a determination to shine a spotlight on these books, and to ensure that the rigour of the review writing will be matched by the quality of the editing.”

Sunny Singh of the Jhalak Foundation added,

 “The Jhalak Foundation is delighted to join forces with WritersMosaic who have an unmatched track record of leading urgent and necessary literary and cultural discussions and showcasing essential voices. Our incredible team of curators stands as a testament to the highest quality of contemporary literary output.”

The issue’s launch was celebrated at The Conduit Club in Central London last night (25th April).

The first edition of The Review is available with this week’s edition of The Bookseller, with additional print copies available upon request from independent bookshops and community organisations.

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