I’m a freelance British journalist, writing mainly on politics, terrorism, and gender, with a particular focus on the Indian Subcontinent. I’m currently based in London, but travel overseas frequently.
In 2016, I was shortlisted in the Foreign Correspondent category of the Words By Women Awards and longlisted in the New Voices category at the One World Media Awards. In 2015, I was awarded the Richard Beeston bursary by the Times newspaper; and in 2014, I was selected as one of MHP’s top 30 journalists under 30. In 2011 I was a finalist in the professional category of the Guardian’s International Development writing prize.
I write frequently for the New Statesman, the Guardian, Vice and Deutsche Welle. My work has also appeared in Al-Jazeera, the Times, the Independent, Prospect, Monocle, Grazia, Dawn (Pakistan), the Express Tribune (Pakistan) and others. I am currently deputy editor of the New Humanist magazine, a part-time role where I write, commission, and edit for print and online.
Previously, I was a staff writer at the New Statesman (2008-12), where I wrote features, and was part of the web team that hugely increased traffic. After going freelance, I spent a year in Pakistan (2012-13), covering major stories including the shooting of Malala Yousafzai and the 2013 general election for a broad range of British publications. I return to Pakistan regularly on assignment. I’ve also reported from Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
Sometimes you can find me on TV or radio and I often sit on panels, generally discussing issues relating to international development, Islam, feminism, and terrorism. I’m currently working on a book about Karachi to be published by Granta. My agent is Sophie Lambert at Conville and Walsh.
More details and links to my work can can be found on this website – peruse the homepage for a fairly comprehensive list of things I’ve done recently. 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.