Samira Shackle

Samira Shackle is a predominantly freelance British journalist, writing mainly on politics, terrorism and gender, with a particular focus on the Indian subcontinent.

She writes frequently for the New Statesman, The Guardian, The Times, Vice and Deutsche Welle and her work has also appeared in Al-Jazeera, the Independent, Prospect, Monocle, Grazia, Dawn (Pakistan), the Express Tribune (Pakistan) and other outlets. Currently, Samira works as the assistant editor of the New Humanist magazine.

Before taking up her role at the New Humanist, Samira worked as a staff writer at the New Statesman (2008-2012) and, after going freelance, she 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.

In 2016, Samira was shortlisted in the Foreign Correspondent category of the Words By Women Awards and longlisted in the New Voices category of the One World Media Awards. In 2015, she was awarded the Richard Beeston bursary by The Times newspaper; and, in 2014, she was selected as one of MHP’s top 30 journalists under 30. In 2011, she was also a finalist in the professional category of The Guardian’s International Development writing prize.

Samira also writes fiction and had a book of short stories published by Penguin when she was 16.

Information valid as of autumn 2016.