Samira Shackle


Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist who writes for the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Times, Deutsche Welle and others. She is also deputy editor of the New Humanist magazine. She writes on politics and social affairs in the UK and overseas, with a particular focus on the Indian subcontinent. She has reported extensively on Pakistan, and has also worked in India, Bangladesh and Kenya.

In 2018, Samira won the first-ever Portobello Prize, receiving literary representation and a book deal. As part of her submission, she used her Mosaic story on Karachi’s ambulance, which has also been longlisted for a One World Media award.

Samira was a winner of the Times’s Richard Beeston Bursary in 2015, and in 2016 was shortlisted for a One World Media Award and Words by Women Award. In 2014, MHP Communications selected her as one of the UK’s top 30 journalists under 30, and in 2011 she was a finalist in the Guardian’s International Development Journalism Competition.

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