Claire Chambers

COLUMN: BALOCHISTAN BITES

COLUMN: BALOCHISTAN BITES

During a holiday from the school I was teaching at in mid-1990s Peshawar, I was fortunate to spend a few days in... Published 24 Apr, 2022 07:08am
COLUMN: SEVENTY YEARS OF SKIN

COLUMN: SEVENTY YEARS OF SKIN

Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) was a colonial subject from the small Caribbean island of Martinique, then a... Published 06 Mar, 2022 07:01am
COLUMN: VIRAL IMPERIALISM

COLUMN: VIRAL IMPERIALISM

In a thoughtful article in The Guardian about burnout amid Covid-19, Christine Berry wrote: “The pandemic isn’t... Published 16 Jan, 2022 06:59am
COLUMN: BLUE AT WORLD'S END

COLUMN: BLUE AT WORLD'S END

Regular readers will know I’ve been thinking about pandemic literature since Covid-19 went global in early 2020. A... Published 28 Nov, 2021 07:08am
COLUMN: INFECTION FICTIONS

COLUMN: INFECTION FICTIONS

Sally Rooney is everywhere just now because her eagerly-awaited third novel came out on September 7. In Beautiful... Published 10 Oct, 2021 06:36am
COLUMN: GRANDPA'S GARDEN OF BLISS

COLUMN: GRANDPA'S GARDEN OF BLISS

I write this from self-isolation. Our elder son has Covid, luckily a mild case. We’re not going near him and wear... Updated 22 Aug, 2021 03:05pm
COLUMN: FLYING CLOSE TO THE SUN

COLUMN: FLYING CLOSE TO THE SUN

Unlike his Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration and Identity — which I reviewed with pleasure and admiration ... Published 04 Jul, 2021 06:28am
COLUMN: MONI'S RUBY R.

COLUMN: MONI'S RUBY R.

I’m excited to live in a world where a new Moni Mohsin book is out, alliteratively titled The Impeccable Integrity... Published 16 May, 2021 05:45am
COLUMN: LOCKDOWNS AND CURFEWS

COLUMN: LOCKDOWNS AND CURFEWS

The world has been struggling under travel bans, lockdowns and limits on freedom for the last year because of the... Published 28 Mar, 2021 06:28am
COLUMN: WHAT VIRUSES CAN TEACH US

COLUMN: WHAT VIRUSES CAN TEACH US

Ebola is a viral infection which causes haemorrhagic fever. Though rare, it has been devastating in west, central ... Updated 07 Feb, 2021 05:43pm
COLUMN: LITERATURE OF IMMEDIACY

COLUMN: LITERATURE OF IMMEDIACY

What is the equivalent of public poetry — verse written at white heat after a momentous event — in literary... Published 20 Dec, 2020 06:59am
COLUMN: QUARTET OF COLOUR

COLUMN: QUARTET OF COLOUR

Over four months into 2020’s second half, a quartet of women writers of colour — Zadie Smith, Arundhati Roy, ... Published 01 Nov, 2020 06:59am
COLUMN: MATCHES MADE IN HEAVEN

COLUMN: MATCHES MADE IN HEAVEN

In this column, I want to discuss a new book I co-edited with my colleagues Nafhesa Ali and Richard Phillips (both... Updated 13 Sep, 2020 07:18am
COLUMN: THE MUSLIMS OF EUROPE

COLUMN: THE MUSLIMS OF EUROPE

One silver lining of the ongoing travel restrictions is that staying home has let me catch up with some reading.... Published 26 Jul, 2020 07:10am
COLUMN: TOURIST ATTACKS

COLUMN: TOURIST ATTACKS

Tourism is one of the industries hit hardest by this coronavirus pandemic. Experts predict that foreign travel may... Published 31 May, 2020 01:38pm
COLUMN: POSTCORONIAL LITERATURE

COLUMN: POSTCORONIAL LITERATURE

The world has swung around and rearranged itself so much since I wrote my last Dawn column that I couldn’t ... Published 05 Apr, 2020 06:27am
COLUMN: BEING DISEMBEDDED

COLUMN: BEING DISEMBEDDED

I spent a life-changing year in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the 1990s — a visit I have written about a few times for... Updated 02 Feb, 2020 08:03am
COLUMN: NUSRAT'S IMPACT ON FICTION

COLUMN: NUSRAT'S IMPACT ON FICTION

Recently Rahat Fateh Ali Khan played the arena in my home city of Leeds — four hours of liquid gold vocalisation. ... Published 01 Dec, 2019 08:13am
COLUMN: PEER AND ROY’S KASHMIRS

COLUMN: PEER AND ROY’S KASHMIRS

This August, the Hindu right-wing leader Narendra Modi provocatively revoked India-held Jammu and Kashmir’s (IHK)... Published 29 Sep, 2019 07:09am
COLUMN: QANDEEL’S BURNING EMBERS

COLUMN: QANDEEL’S BURNING EMBERS

The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch by Sanam Maher is about to be published in the United Kingdom as A... Published 28 Jul, 2019 07:00am