Hello. I’m Samira Shackle.


My book Karachi Vice is out now – more info here.

I’m a freelance British journalist, writer and editor. I write long-form, reported features that often focus on the human impact of major world events. I cover a range of subjects, including politics, terrorism, inequality and gender. I’m currently based in London, but travel overseas frequently – in addition to writing about the UK, I’ve been reporting on Pakistan since 2011, and have also worked in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Kenya and Nigeria.

I am the editor of the New Humanist magazine and regular contributor to the Guardian’s Long Read and Opinion sections. I write frequently for Al-Jazeera, Prospect and Deutsche Welle. My work has also appeared in a broad range of other publications, including the Times, the Independent, Vice, Monocle and Guernica.

My reporting has been shortlisted for numerous awards, and in 2016 I was awarded the Richard Beeston bursary by the Times newspaper. I’ve twice been a media fellow with Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Social Difference. In 2020, the short film I produced won a One World Media Award for In 2019 I was a fellow with the MacDowell Colony, where I worked on my first book, Karachi Vice – out in in February 2021. My agent is Sophie Lambert at Conville and Walsh.

You can find more information about Karachi Vice – including reviews, events, and where to buy it – here.

More details and links to my recent and selected work can can be found on this website.

I’m available for commissions and broadcast work and can be contacted at samira[dot]shackle[at]gmail[dot]com. You can also find me on Twitter @samirashackle.

Out on patrol with police in Karachi in 2016

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