New fiction by Afghan women

Stories by 18 writers from the Write Afghanistan project were published in the UK on 17 February 2022 in My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird: New Fiction by Afghan Women (MacLehose Press).

My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird is a landmark collection: the first anthology of short fiction by Afghan women, with an Introduction by Lyse Doucet and an Afterword by Lucy Hannah. It was shortlisted for the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature 2022.

My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird has been published in the USA, Japan and Korea. Individual stories have been published online in several literary journals.

“Powerful, profound and deeply moving, these stories will expand your mind and elevate your heart” Elif Shafak 

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