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 2019 I was a fellow with the MacDowell Colony, where I worked on my first book, Karachi Vice – due to be published by Granta in February 2021. My agent is Sophie Lambert at Conville and Walsh.
More details and links to my recent work can can be found on this website – peruse the blog for a fairly comprehensive list of things I’ve done recently, or the selected writing page for some recent highlights. 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.