Two exceptional voices in contemporary British fiction. Award-winning author Okechukwu Nzelu’s latest novel, Here Again Now is a spellbinding, tender and immensely uplifting tale about lovers, fathers and sons. Kasim Ali’s captivating debut, Good Intentions, is a powerful modern love story that deftly explores family obligation and racial prejudice alongside the flush of first love. They talk to Nikesh Shukla.
Okechukwu Nzelu is a Manchester-based writer. In 2015 he was the recipient of a Northern Writers’ Award from New Writing North. His debut novel, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney (Dialogue Books), won a Betty Trask Award; it was also shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Polari First Book Prize, and longlisted for the Portico Prize. In 2021, it was selected for the Kingston University Big Read. His second novel, Here Again Now, will be published by Dialogue Books in March 2022. He is a regular contributor to Kinfolk magazine, and a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Lancaster University.
Kasim Ali works at Penguin Random House. He was longlisted for the B4ME Short Story Prize (hosted by his now UK publisher Fourth Estate), and Good Intentions was shortlisted for the Mo Siewcherran Prize. He’s also had a short story published in The Good Journal. He is currently, against the advice of his agent, working on his third novel which is yet to be contracted. Ali has recently been penned as the male Sally Rooney.
Nikesh Shukla FRSL is a British author and screenwriter. His writing focuses on race, racism, identity, and immigration. He is the editor of the 2016 collection of essays The Good Immigrant, which features contributions from Riz Ahmed, Musa Okwonga, Bim Adewunmi, and Reni Eddo-Lodge, among others.