Hello. I’m Nazira. I have a passion for telling stories and for helping people to tell theirs.

Nazira’s Notebook brings together information about my publications, works in progress, and other writing.

I am currently seeking representation for my novel When You’re Smiling which has been shortlisted for the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2022.

I am also available for readings, commissioned work, and collaborations.

Please explore the site to find out more about my background and work and get in touch via the contact page if you have any comments or questions. I look forward to hearing from you.

Peace and blessings,


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And the winner is…

…not me – hehe! The results of the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2022 were announced yesterday and, alas, there were no awards for yours truly. But I’m happy anyway – it has been such a positive experience to be longlisted, and then shortlisted, and the amazing and generous Prize Plus programme of support that the…

Showcase Time!

Hello folks, I hope you’re well. I’m really honoured to say that When You’re Smiling, my novel, has been nominated for the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2022. The prize is for unpublished fiction by UK-based Black and Asian women. The aim of the prize, in the words of the organisers, “is to act as a…

Lessons of a Writer

Hello, I hope you are well. The Koyal Writers have been running a series on their website over the last few months called ‘Lessons of a Writer’. As one-seventh of the group, it was my turn to contribute a few words recently, so I wrote about what I learned when faced with the question of…

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