Qaisra Shahraz is the author of two novels, and is working on a third. The first, The Holy Woman (2001), is a powerful love story, introducing the reader to the traditions of a vibrant world of four Muslim countries. It was awarded the title 'Best Book of the Month' by Waterstones. Her second novel is Typhoon (2003), a sequel set in the village of Chiraghpur. Qaisra Shahraz has another successful career in education, working as a Quality Improvement Manager for the Manchester Adult Education Service and a consultant in education, teacher trainer and registered college inspector for the Adult Learning Inspectorate and OFSTED. She was shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards in 2002 and for the Muslim News Awards for Excellence in 2003. She lives with her family in Manchester.

Festivals: 2009 (fall)

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