Dr. Sabyn Javeri

Director Arzu Program of Languages and Literature

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies and Design
School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Javeri holds a Masters with Distinction from the University of Oxford and has a doctorate from the University of Leicester (Scholar). She has taught Creative Writing in London and Pakistan, and most recently taught Muslim Feminist Fiction at the IBA, Karachi. She also works as an editor and a literary agent. Her fiction and texts on creative writing have been widely published. She is currently working on her debut novel Nobody Killed Her, which will be published in 2017 by Harper Collins.

She is currently conducting research on Cultural Identity through Creative Writing and recently gave a public talk on the topic in Leicester, UK (2016).

She has also worked successfully in marketing and has to her credit the creative content of the hugely successful Ponds Miracle Woman campaigns.


  • Ph.D. (Creative Writing), University of Leicester (Leicester, UK)
  • Recipient of the School of English CW Research Scholarship (2012)
  • M.St. (Creative Writing & Critical), University of Oxford, (Oxford, UK)
  • B.A. in (Humanities), St. Joseph’s College, (Karachi, Pakistan)

Research Interests

Dr. Javeri is interested in rediscovering creative heritage and literary past. She is currently exploring the works of forgotten literary heroes of the subcontinent and developing a discourse related to cultural identity through creative writing. She is also interested in the issues of national identity amongst international writers such as Pamuk (Turkey), Soueif (Egypt), Al-Shaykh (Lebanon) and Darwish (Palestine) to name a few. The practice of creative writing as a discipline, however, remains her first and foremost interest.

Selected Publications


  • The Session, Shortlisted, Leaf Books Competition, 2013
  • The Letter, Winner, Oxonian Review, short story competition 2012
  • Once We Were Beautiful, Shortlisted, Tibor Jones South Asia Prize, 2012
  • The Lovers, Shortlisted, The Meridian Short Story competition, 2011.


  • Nobody Killed Her, Fourth Estate, Harper (DOP: 2017)


  • Writers on Writing, Short story and Critical reflection on Creative Writing technique, Ed. Amal Chatterjee,
  • Watermarked– Guardian Anthology, ed. Homa Khaleeli (2012)
  • Initiate- An Oxford Anthology of New Writing, ‘Malady of the Heart’, ed. Dr. Morgan, Oxford University (2010)
  • Jeans- An Anthology of Pakistani Women Writers (translated into Malayalam) ed. Dr. Kumar of Calcutta University (2011)
  • And the World Changed (title story) Feminist Press, New York, (2008)
  • Neither Night nor Day (title story) Harper Collins (2007)
  • And the World Changed (title story) Oxford University Press, Pakistan (2007)
  • And the World Changed (title story) Women Unlimited, India (2006)

Literary Journals and Magazines:

  • ‘The Session,’ Short story, Sugarmule (2013) ‘The Lovers,’ Bengal Lights  (2013)
  • ‘Only in London, Again,’ Short story, The South Asian Review, (2010)
  • ‘The Bride,’ Short Story, Wasafiri, (2008)
  • ‘Behind the Veil,’ Short Story, Trespass Magazine, Issue 3 (2008)
  • ‘Only in London,’ Short Story, The London Magazine- A Review of Literature and the Arts, ed. Sebastian Barker (2007)
  • ‘God’s Own Children,’ Short Story, World Audience, (2007)