Hana Riaz is a South Asian London-born and based short story writer. She holds an MSc in Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies from The London School of Economics and a BA in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Hana is the founder and director of The Body Narratives Ltd, a platform and community organisation that encouraged storytelling as tool to foster healing and wellbeing in communities of colour, and also works in higher education as an equalities, diversity and inclusion specialist. She is committed to and inspired by the development of wholehearted communities and sustainable approaches to cities, living and loving.
Hana has recently been awarded a Grant for the Arts by the Arts Council to work on her first short story collection ‘Love and other important things’. In 2015, her story ‘make it home in time’ was longlisted for the London Short Story Prize. Her short stories have been published by Peepal Tree Press and the As/Us Journal.
Hana seeks to tell stories that occupy the liminal lives and spaces of multicultural Britain. Her short stories explore themes of lovelessness, loss, addiction, mental health, dissonance, dislocation and re-memory present in the banal and ordinary.
Hana’s nonfiction work and essays have been published widely, including The Guardian, The Feminist Wire and Ceasefire Magazine. She has been invited to panels and presented papers on race, gender, popular culture, wellbeing, mental health, literature and the arts and identity. She has appeared on Al Jazeera’s Head to Head, Women of the World Festival (2014) and presented a paper on gender, race and fundamentalism for Women Against Fundamentalism (May 2014, SOAS/University of East London).