Dinesh Allirajah

Dinesh Allirajah (1967-2014) once said of himself (referencing a Sonny Criss sleeve note): ‘I am a jazz writer, which is a full-time creative job’. Dinesh had many other occupations, too – lecturing in creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University, the universities of Central Lancashire and Edge Hill, running workshops and literacy classes in community centres, schools and prisons, acting as Chair of the National Black Arts Alliance and the National Association for Literature Development, as well as being a long-term director of Comma Press.

He was also a DJ, playwright, radio presenter, and cricket blogger. As a poet, Dinesh regularly performed to audiences across the UK, as well as in France, Poland, Germany, Bangladesh and Nigeria. His short stories were featured in numerous anthologies and magazines, and first collected in A Manner of Speaking (Spike Books 2004). Scent is the first comprehensive collection of his work, following his sudden passing in December 2014.

Publications by Dinesh Allirajah

Scent: The Collected Works

The collected works of the much loved NW writer, Dinesh Allirajah

Anthologies featuring Dinesh Allirajah

ReBerth: Stories from Cities on the Edge

Featuring short stories by twelve acclaimed writers from the Cities on the Edge, ReBerth explores these landscapes of change - the social tensions, the scars of war and economic decline, the attempts at regeneration, and the startling and sometimes unsavoury secrets of how these cities’ inhabitants thrive and survive.

The Book of Liverpool

Bringing together fiction from some of the city’s most celebrated writers, The Book of Liverpool traces the unique contours that decades of social and economic change can impress on a city.

Liverpool Stories 1

This, the first in a series of short story mini-anthologies, celebrates Liverpool’s on-going literary output through accessible, magazine-style collections – distributed to as many readers as possible.

Beta-Life

Short Stories from an A-Life Future