Maryam Piracha is an author, editor, and communications specialist who also runs an international art and literary magazine called The Missing Slate.


A Brave New World

Through the Crucible is finished. A preliminary draft of it is, at least. This is the first time I’ve been solicited to write something for a literary journal and to start off with a piece about two women in love in Pakistan is not a typical plot point I thought I’d tackle, but if working …

Through the Crucible

My only barometer that the novel is well and truly over is that I’m writing short pieces again… and that I’m getting ideas and concepts for them again. I’d started wondering if I was just a one-trick pony, having concentrated almost exclusively on writing this thing for the better part of six years. I am …

On the road to… somewhere

Current reads: ‘Do Muslim Women Need Saving?‘ (Lila Abu-Loghod), ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings‘ (Maya Angelou), ‘Big Magic‘ (Elizabeth Gilbert),¬† and ‘Beloved’ (Toni Morrison). Recently finished: ‘All the Light We Cannot See‘ (Anthony Doerr), ‘The Power‘ (Naomi Alderman), and ‘The Crossroads of Should and Must‘ (Elle Luna). The novel–all 83,000 words of it–is …


Writer, reader, editor, development sector communications professional, occasional couch potato, and social entrepreneur.

You might have read some of my work or the work I’ve solicited. In 2011, I graduated with distinction with an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University’s competitive writing program. The degree cemented the commitment to craft that already existed; in 2005, I helmed a writers’ collective and magazine for writers from the South Asian diaspora, called ‘Desi Writers Lounge’. In 2010, I founded ‘The Missing Slate’, an international art and literary magazine that has published work from over 80 countries and featured writing from over 40 languages, including work from Jhumpa Lahiri, Ilya Kaminski, Kamila Shamsie, Mohsin Hamid, Muhammad Umar Memon, Jeet Thayil, Rahul Soni, Anuradha Roy, among others.

I currently work in the international development sector as a communications specialist.