- Haleh is on the judging panel for the 2023 Jhalak Prize.
- Haleh is on the judging panel for Aesthetica magazine's 2022 short story competition
- Short story 'Summer Séance' published in the London Magazine summer issue
- Haleh is on the judging panel for The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2021
- 'Out of Touch' publishes in paperback
- Haleh's short story NOT CONTAGIOUS, Highly Commended by the Costa Short Story prize in early January is available to read now at the London Magazine. It is the story of a woman suffering with endometriosis who uses professional cuddling services. NOT CONTAGIOUS explores our longing for touch and fear of the 'Other'.
RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Roehampton University Author Panel, February 3rd 2022 (2-3PM)
Stay At Home Literary Festival: On Writing the Body, May 8th (1-2PM)
This talk explores female embodiment, specifically representations of the body as a site of vulnerability and empowerment in Haleh's writing. The author draws upon intersectional feminism and her own personal experiences as a woman of colour-- whose body has been labelled as clinically vulnerable, to inform her writing on the body.
On Writing Dysfunctional Families, June 25th 2020 (6-7PM)
Author of 'THE ISLAND CHILD' Molly Aitkens and Haleh Agar chat about estrangement and connection in their debut novels. Click here for information on talk.
Stay At Home Literary Festival, April 2nd 2020 (5.30-6.30PM)
Talk about what makes a believable character. Also a short reading from my debut novel OUT OF TOUCH. For more information click here.
Curtis Brown Creative March 17th 2020 (cancelled)
Speaking to students about the creative process and my journey to publication. For more information click here.
WOWCON September 20th-22nd 2019
Topic of Talk: Submitting Your Manuscript to Agents—Is it Ready Yet? For more information, click here.
RECENTLY IN THE MEDIA
The London Magazine
The Guardian, Sam Jordison
The Guardian, Alison Flood
Sunday Times Short Story Award Interview: Haleh Agar, Sophie Haydock
The Asian Writer, Farhana Shaikh
Mashable, Rachel Thompson
Publishing Perspectives, Porter Anderson
Costa Short Story Award
The Bookseller, Katherine, Cowdrey
The Bookseller, Mark Chandler
Agar, Haleh. "Summer Séance.' London Magazine. June/July, 2021. Print.
Agar, Haleh. "Out of Touch.' W&N (Orion Publishing), Hachette. April 1st, 2021.
Agar, Haleh. "Not Contagious.' London Magazine. March 21, 2020.
Agar, Haleh. “Wooden Spoon.” Bath Flash Fiction Anthology. October 2018. Print.
Agar, Haleh. “Jelly Fish.” Viva Magazine. June 2018. Print.
Agar, Haleh. “Books as Mentors.” The Bath Short Story Award. Available online: https://www.bathshortstoryaward.org/tag/haleh-agar/. Accessed on December 3rd, 2018.
Agar, Haleh. “On Writing Ethnic Stories.” London Magazine. March/ April 2018.
Agar, Haleh. “Fishbone.” Flash: The International Short-Short Story Literary Journal. April 2017, 10 (1). Print.
Agar, Haleh. “Advice to My Younger Self.” Mslexia Magazine. June. 2017: p.51. Print.
Agar, Haleh. “Film and Text.” National Association of Writers in Education. August. 2017, Issue 72. Print.
Agar, Haleh. “All the Blank Pages.” Lamplight Quarterly Magazine. Dec. 2017. Vol (6): Issue 1
Agar, Haleh. “Jellyfish.” Brighton Prize and Rattle Tales Anthology. 2018. Print.
Agar, Haleh. “Sitting Between.” Fincham Press Anthology. Oct. 2017: Vol (4). Print
Agar, Haleh. “Trio.” Fincham Press Anthology. Oct. 2017: Vol (4). Print
Agar, Haleh. “Blind Spot.” Fincham Press Anthology. Oct. 2017: Vol (4). Print
Agar, Haleh. “Relax.” Fincham Press Anthology. Oct. 2017: Vol (4). Print
PRIZES AND WRITING NEWS
Costa Short Story Award (2019)
Highly Commended for short story Not Contagious
London Magazine (2017)
Winner of prize for essay On Writing Ethnic Stories. The essay is published in London Magazine and also available here online.
Penguin Random House (2017)
Shortlisted for early draft of debut novel by Penguin Random House for their Write Now mentorship scheme.
Brighton Prize (2017)
Winner of prize for fiction piece Jellyfish. The winning piece is available at the Brighton Prize anthology. The story has also been published in Viva Magazine.
Exeter Novel Award (2016)
Longlisted for opening chapter of On Sharbot Lake