English Literature student publishes anthology of short stories and poetry

Tuesday 15 April 2014

Enterprising BA (Hons) English Literature student, Naqqash Khalid, has put the skills gained whilst studying at the University of Salford to excellent use by setting up his own publishing company and releasing an anthology of short stories and poetry, entitled Art and The Mannequins: The Prelude. He has also written, directed and produced three short plays, which he took to stages in London, Salford and Manchester as The Prelude Tour

Naqqash was so inspired by the rich and varied forms of literature he was exposed to as part of his studies that he decided to set up his own publishing and production company, ‘Art and The Mannequins’. After setting up an editorial team made up of fellow students, he sourced work from across the globe, using social media to spread the word. In a short space of time, submissions were coming in from as far as Australia, China and the US, as well as from Salford students.

After sifting through the many entries, the best were chosen to feature in the collection, which was published in September 2013. Naqqash also wrote, produced and directed three short plays based around his characters, which he took on a tour of venues across the UK in further promotion of the anthology.

Naqqash explained: “It’s frustratingly difficult to get your work out there when you’re a student so instead of waiting for an opportunity; I decided to make my own.”

Judy Kendall, Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing praised the work that Naqqash has put into his various projects, saying: “He’s a great example of what students can do by taking initiative and pursuing co-curricular activities. [Art and The Mannequins] is a delightful example of the autonomy of students and of what they can accomplish on their own, building on what they have learnt in lectures.”

Naqqash is now working on a collection of short films, and said: “I cannot wait to announce what we’re doing next with Art and the Mannequins…stay tuned!”

Art and The Mannequins is available to purchase now from Amazon