Front Page – Roxana Shirazi

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Author of ‘The Last Living Slut: Born In Iran, Bred Backstage’: and the upcoming ‘The Lonely Epileptic’ (HarperCollins)

The Last Living Slut: a book of war, the Iranian Revolution, the Persian dusk, bath-houses in twilight, child abuse, escape to England, American rock stars, love, blood & abortion, explicit sexuality. It has also been translated into Italian. 

The Lonely Epileptic: A journey into the Middle East to get smuggled on a donkey through the Turkish mountains to Iran. Iranian sex parties, underground punk concerts, crystal meth in the Islamic Republic and film auditions, revolutionary guards, love and family.

Born in Iran, I was sent to England during the Iran/Iraq war at the age of 10. At 14 I wrote my first book ‘The Secret Garde’n about the street kids of Sao Paulo.

Having studied extensively at university, I now lecture at universities across the UK on gender and feminisms, and cultural and political theory and speak at International Women’s Conferences on gender and cultural taboos.

I am passionate about animal rights, especially campaigning against the cat and dog meat and fur trade in China.

As a poet, author and human I am inspired by: Iran’ s beauty, Michele Foucault, Victorian London, Transylvania, Oscar Wilde, Postmodernism, deconstruction, Judith Butler, Edith Piaf, Dylan Thomas, James Douglas Morrison, Leonard Cohen, all animals and wildlife, Edinburgh’s underground city, Eric Cantona, Ava Gardner,  Theda Bara, Marilyn Monroe, The Rat Pack and feta cheese.

I heart John Waters, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Coppola and Oliver Stone.