Reading matters: Khalid Warsame

We're excited that writer, editor and arts worker Khalid Warsame will join us as one of our two Festival bloggers in 2018. But before he covers the Festival this weekend, we asked him about what kind of reader he is.  

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Laurent Binet's 7th Function Of Language, Philip Pullman's La Belle Sauvage, and Jamie Marina Lau's Pink Mountain On Locust Island.


What’s the last great book you read?

I recently read Kamila Shamsie's Home Fire, which was absolutely phenomenal. I love Kamila Shamsie. She's such a vital novelist.


What kind of reader are you?

I'm absolutely an occasional reader: I take so long with books (reading them, re-reading them, worrying about them), especially books I love, that my reading often resembles a fraught love affair than any specific exercise in basic literacy.


What book do you find yourself re-reading periodically?

The only books I really re-read are: Moby Dick, which I revisit once or twice a year, and Tobias Wolff's The Night In Question, which is my favourite short story collection.

I think both of those books are basically perfect, and basically necessary for me. Recently, I've been obsessed with Joy Williams and Anne Boyer and Octavia Butler: I've been reading and re-reading their books for a while now, and I don't think I'll stop...




More about Khalid...

Khalid's essays, fiction, poetry and criticism have appeared across The Lifted Brow, Overland, The Big Issue, and more. He is a creative producer at Footscray Community Arts Centre in Melbourne and is working on his first novel.