Name: Shahnaz Ahsan
Matriculation Year: 2006
Subject: History and English
“After working in the non-profit and higher education sectors for ten years, I am now a full-time writer. My first novel, Hashim & Family, was published in 2020 and I am currently writing my second. I have also written for The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and other national newspapers and online magazines.
I remember graduating as a humanities student and feeling as though the only career options available to me were management consulting or law – and being disappointed that there was little support available to those who wanted something outside of the corporate world.
Pursuing a career in writing can seem daunting – especially when there are the realities of rent and bills to pay – so I am keen to help others navigate the practical challenges of working a ‘day job’ as well as going after a creative dream. BAME individuals are still underrepresented in the creative arts and so I would be especially happy to speak with students from those backgrounds.”
If you would like to get in touch with Shahnaz, contact the Development Office who can forward on your email.