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, the Times, Vice and Deutsche Welle. My work has also appeared in Al-Jazeera, the Independent, Prospect, Monocle, Grazia, Dawn (Pakistan), the Express Tribune (Pakistan) and others. I am currently assistant 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 for print and online, 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, and Bangladesh.
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. As well as the day job, I write fiction, and had a book of short stories published by Penguin when I was 16.
More details and links to my work can can be found on this website – just peruse the homepage for a fairly comprehensive list of things I’ve been doing 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.