Irfan was born in Leicester in 1977 to a Pakistani mother and Indian father. He has always felt like the child of three countries, a fact that has played a significant part in his life, from the first few scribblings in his grid-papered notebooks to investigating questions about India and the Partition of 1947.
Irfan writes full-time, but when he is not at his desk he travels the country giving talks about writing and creativity as well as delivering creative workshops in schools and libraries for young people and teachers. He is First Storys Writer in Residence at Quintin Kynaston School in London, where he runs weekly creative writing workshops. First Story publishes a professionally produced anthology for each school, and the schools host book-launch events at which the students read their stories aloud to friends, families and teachers.
Resist (2019) (with Julia Bell, Bidisha, SJ Bradley, Jude Brown, Lucy Caldwell, Steve Chambers, Martin Edwards, Uschi Gatward, Luan Goldie, Gaia Holmes, Nikita Lalwani, Zoe Lambert, Kamila Shamsie and Eley Wil)
Irfan Master recommends
A River Called Time (2021)
"A River Called Time is an incredible read. Perfectly plotted and layered with complex ideas, a heartbreaking love triangle and an astonishing ending. It’s not just a book of speculative fiction, but a starting point to learning about a kemetic spiritual system masterfully woven into the narrative. If you’re a fan of Philip K. Dick and J.G. Ballard, you’ll love stepping into the world Courttia has created."