Monday, December 31, 2012

Dramaturgy support

My play "I Killed My Best Friend's Father" was accepted to the Kali TalkBack Festival in 2012 for dramaturg support. Caroline Jester worked with me to hone down the play, and provided excellent support. It was stage read at the Arcola Theatre with the rest of the other plays at the festival in December 2012 to a packed audience.

Check out her website:

Monday, December 24, 2012

"Cheese" in the Tasmanian Certificate of Education's ESL external assessment

My short stories have been used by the educational system in Australia.

In 2012, the Tasmanian Certificate of Education used my short story "Cheese" in their English as a Second Language External Assessment.
Check out the exam here.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Sophia reviews "I Killed My Best Friend's Father" at the Arcola Theatre

Hi Sushma, I hope you're well. I just wanted to let you know that I thought the reading of 'I killed my best friend's father' was brilliant. Like your short stories, it was deceptively simple on the surface but explored some very hard-hitting themes. I really enjoyed meeting Rosamunde and seeing what she did with the play. When I heard about the two ghosts of the fathers - and the rather close to the bone humour - I thought to myself, 'goodness, is this going to actually work??' And, lo and behold, it did. So were you able to watch the whole thing on the live stream in KTM? How did you feel it went? 

I thought that the way you wove the migration/ post-conflict theme into the play so seamlessly was really good. You will be interested to know that I brought someone along to see the play with me who had never been to Nepal and had no knowledge of the culture or recent history, and he was able to follow the play and engage with it without any problems, so it looks like this is something that travels well... 

have a good weekend - and do keep in touch, 

all the best, 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Issue 12 of Mascara Literary Review: Soft Things by Sushma Joshi

Issue 12 ~ November 2012

Soft Things by Sushma Joshi

“We are looking for some komal maal,” Sailesh says. Sailesh, a journalist from the local newspaper, who’s been recruited to take us along and act as our guide in the redlight district. In the words of international journalism, he’s a fixer. And that’s precisely what he’s doing right now—asking for a soft thing with the casual inflection of a man used to asking for soft things. I don’t think he necessarily frequents child prostitutes. But his tone makes it abundantly clear that whatever we are after, he’s willing to procure for us—and if it’s a soft thing, he’ll get us a soft thing. 

Click here to read the essay.

Sushma Joshi is a writer and filmmaker from Nepal. Her book “The End of the World” was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award. Her short film “The Escape” was accepted to the Berlinale Talent Campus. She has a BA from Brown University.





Mascara Literary Review #12 is out!

Mascara Literary Review #12 is out!

A message from the editors of Mascara Literary Review.
We’re delighted to announce issue 12 of Mascara Literary Review, is now on line, edited by Michelle Cahill.
Our featured poet is Mila Kačič
Poetry by Brett Dionysius, Paul Kane, Christine Ratnasingham, Diane Fahey, Louise McKenna, Lyn Hatherley, Mani Rao, Jakob Ziguras, Tiffany Tsao, Jas Shenstone, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, John Tranter, Ainslee Meredith, Grace V.S. Chin, Tim Grey, Dan Disney, Ravi Shankar, Vuong Pham, Mark Young, Judy Johnson
Fiction Fikret Pajalic, Laura Woollett and Ankur Agarwal
Creative Non-Fiction Sushma Joshi, Madeleine Slavick

Martin Edmond reviews The Recluse by Evelyn Juers and Varamo translated by Chris Andrews
Sunil Badami reviews Alien Shores Ed Sharon Rundle & Meenakshi Bharat
Paul Giffard-Foret reviews The Walls of Delhi by Uday Prakash
Jen Craig reviews The Darkest Little Room by Patrick Holland
Jennifer Mackenzie reviews Rimbaud in Java by Jamie James
Vrasidas Karalis reviews Southern Sun, Aegean Light
Geoff Page reviews Rosemary Dobson’s Collected
Tina Giannoukos reviews Night Train by Anthony Lynch
Nathanael O’Reilly reviews Letters to My Lover from a Small Mountain Town by Heather Taylor-Johnson
Jal Nicholl reviews The Red Sea by Stephen Edgar
Ann Vickery: Mallowscatteredsharing, or Being Political in David Herd’s All Just
Bronwyn Lang reviews Domestic Archaeology by Kelly Pilgrim-Byrne
Melinda Bufton reviews Grit Salute by Keri Glastonbury
Toby Davidson reviews The Brokenness Sonnets by Mal McKimmie
 Mascara wishes to thank our subscribers, contributors and the Literature Board for continuing to support the publication.
We wish all our readers a happy and safe Christmas and New Year and look forward to bringing you more excellent writing from Australia and from other shores in 2013

Monday, December 10, 2012

My writings in school curricula

 My short stories have found their way to school curricula and teaching syllabi worldwide.

"The Prediction" is part of the syllabus for MA students at Shivaji University, India.

SHIVAJI UNIVERSITY, KOLHAPUR Syllabus for M. A. English Programme (Choice Based Credit System with Internal Evaluation) To be introduced from June 2017 (for Regular Students) To be introduced from June 2018 (for Distance mode Students)


In 2012, "Cheese" was used in an English speech contest held at St Mary College, in Japan, by Junior High School students.

History of St Mary College

St. Mary College, officially Nunoike Gaigo Senmon Gakko, was established in 1987, with the approval of the Aichi Prefectural government. According to Article 1 of the Japanese School Education Law, a Senmon Gakko is identified as a technical college not connected to a university. It is defined further as an institution in which students develop/improve skills needed for a vocation, jis-sai sei-katsu (life in society).

The Senmon Gakko system was established in 1976 and the Japanese School Educational Law defines the purpose of a Senmon Gakko as "developing the necessary ability to live in society and/or to be able to work well at one's job and to enhance the level of the students' culture" (Article 82-2). Accordingly, education at the Senmon Gakko level is divided into three sections: a) knowledge, techniques, and skills for life, b) cultural education and c) job training skills provider.

In accordance with Japanese law and the founder of the college's ideals, St. Mary College's overall aim is to provide the highest quality English education and life training available through content-based academic and four-skills instruction, business classes and career training programs as outlined by the Fundamental Law of Education and the School Education Law. St. Mary College is committed to the highest standards of education and integrity possible in order to be of the greatest benefit to the local community it serves.

Here is the link to the speech contest:

In 2012, the education board of the Tasmanian government used the short story "Cheese" in an exam paper.

In 2005, short story "Cheese" was published in an English book for 8th graders in the Phillippines.

The publishing house is:
JFC Publishing House, Inc.
105 Gremville Subd.
Tandang Sora, Quezon City 1116

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

My play on at Kali TalkBack Theatre 3pm, December 8th 212

My play is being stage read at the Arcola Theatre in London for the Kali TalkBack Theatre Festival
at 3pm on December 8th, 2012. Please come, one and all!