LMF Reading Group
Aaisha Akhtar is currently undertaking an MA in Comparative Literature and Critical Theories at the University of Birmingham. She has previously worked with Birmingham Rep Theatre via the Furnace Project, as well as NCS The Challenge as a Workshop facilitator. She was one of the co-organisers for the Literature Must Fall festival. Interests include decoloniality, the gaze and emotion.
Kavita Bhanot is an ECR Leverhulme Fellow at Leicester University. She is editor of several anthologies, and her fiction, non-fiction and academic work has been published and broadcast widely, including the landmark essay
'Decolonise not Diversify' and her Tedx Talk. She initiated and
co-organised the Literature Must Fall Festival in Birmingham 2019
Tara Menon focuses, in her research, on problems of religious experience in the European and Indian traditions. She has held fellowships at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and currently lives and teaches in New York.
Ayesha Manazir Siddiqi
Ayesha writes reviews, short stories, plays, essays, and poetry. Her work has been staged and published widely. She also works as a translator. Ayesha is from Karachi and lives in London. She was one of the co-organisers of the Lit Must Fall Festival. At the moment, she’s working on a couple of podcasts and a longer piece of prose.
Pakeezah is an arts professional working in community engagement and programming, with a background in postcolonial theory. She likes running, stretching, reading and eating in her spare time.
Niranjan is a researcher in critical security studies, science and technology studies and law. They have taught, worked, spoken and thought at various venues in Europe, the United States and Asia. This peripatetic presently loses their way in London
Malikah is a black motion graphic designer, animator and illustrator in the UK, who taught herself how to animate from YouTube videos since the age of 17. She has designed for museums and galleries, as well as for TEDx and other organisations. Culture, activism and amplifying unheard voices to inform on important issues have been the main themes and influences of her work as a visual artist and designer