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LMF Reading Group 


Aaisha Akhtar

Aaisha Akhtar is currently the Artistic Lead at a Birmingham based gallery.  She recently completed an MA in Comparative Literature and Critical Theories at the University of Birmingham. She was one of the co-organisers for the Literature Must Fall festival. Interests include pop culture, the gaze and emotion.

Twitter: @_asakhtar

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Kavita Bhanot

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

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Tara Menon

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 has published reviews, essays, short stories, poetry and translations. She’s also a playwright; her plays and monologues have been staged widely. Ayesha was one of the co-organisers of the Lit Must Fall Festival. Her debut novel, The Centre, is being published by Picador in 2023 and she is contributing editor for a forthcoming podcast by the New York Times. Ayesha is from Karachi and lives in London.


Twitter: @tweetingayesha

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Pakeezah Zahoor

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.


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Niranjan Sivakumar

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

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Malikah Holder

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

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