Qaisra Shahraz Bio:
Qaisra Shahraz is a British-Pakistani award-winning and critically acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter. Born in Pakistan, she has lived in Manchester (UK) since childhood and gained two Masters Degrees in English & European literature and scriptwriting for television. In 2016 Qaisra won the prestigious National Diversity Lifetime Achiever Award for "Services to Literature, Education, Gender and Interfaith Activism".
Being a highly successful and achieving woman on an international scale, in 2012, Shahraz was recognised as being one of 100 influential Pakistani women in the ‘Pakistan Power 100 List’. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a former Director of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators partnership. Her novels The Holy Woman and Typhoon, and short story ‘A Pair of Jeans’ are studied in universities and schools, including in Germany.
Her novels, "The Holy Woman, Typhoon and Revolt"are translated into several languages including in Mandarin. "The Holy Woman (2001)" won the Golden Jubilee Award, was 'Best Book of the Month' at Waterstones and has become a bestseller in Indonesia and Turkey. Her first collection of stories “A Pair of Jeans & Other Stories” includes stories written over 25 years.
She has appeared in many international writers’ festivals and book fairs including in Ubud, Makassar, Abu Dhabi, Ottawa, Jaipur, Philadelphia and Beijing. Her award-winning drama serial 'Dil Hee To Hai' was broadcast on Pakistani Television in 2003.Several of her prize-winning short stories are published in the UK and abroad. Her work including her first story “A Pair of Jeans” is being studied in schools and Universities. A critical analysis of her works has been done in a book entitled The Holy and the Unholy: Critical Essays on Qaisra Shahraz’s Fiction (2011). She has co-authored a literary textbook with Rudolf Rau entitled, “Emerging India” for German teachers. She is working on her latest novel set in Morocco and a new collection of short stories "The Concubine & The Slave Catcher".
Qaisra Shahraz has enjoyed another successful career in education as an Ofsted inspector, a quality manager, consultant and teacher trainer, including working under the auspices of the British Council. She is a trustee of Manchester Multi Faith Centre, Co-Chair of Faith Network 4 Manchester and Executive Member of Muslim Jewish Forum and We Stand Together. She currently devotes a lot of her time and energies to interfaith activities to promote messages of tolerance, peace and community cohesion in the UK and abroad through her literary tours.