Coming October 2023

Rising After the Fall (Scholastic) is a collection of diary excerpts recorded by Paranda Network writers during the fall of Kabul, giving children a compelling snapshot of what happened. Illustrated by Sara Rahmani.


Out on 12 October 2023.

“These are women on the cultural front line. Their diary is an archive of yet another milestone in the volatile history of Afghanistan.” 

Financial Times

What we do

Support emerging writers

We provide support to develop writers' skills and connect them to each other, online and within their communities. We believe all writers should be able to tell their own stories, in their own voices.

Contribute to local creative industries

We connect and support emerging literary editors and translators, to contribute to the development of local cultural landscapes.

Reach new audiences

We build new audiences for writers we have supported – both locally and globally – via different platforms and in various languages.

New fiction by Afghan women

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

Elif Shafak 

My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird (MacLehose Press) is a landmark collection: the first anthology of short fiction by Afghan women, with an Introduction by Lyse Doucet.

Shortlisted for the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature 2022.

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