Author and Media Professional
Laaleen Sukhera is the editor and co-contributor of Austenistan, a Jane Austen-inspired anthology set in Pakistani society to be published by Bloomsbury Publishing. She is represented by Jayapriya Vasudevan, founder of the Jacaranda Literary Agency in Singapore.
Laaleen graduated with an MSc in Professional Communications and a BA (High Honours) in Screen Studies and Communication & Culture at Clark University in Massachusetts. She is the founder of the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan and is a professional advisor at the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation, founded by Ms Austen’s fifth great-niece, as well as Chair of JALF’s Pakistan Chapter.
Her print and digital features have been published in Aman Ki Asha, Aurora, Dawn, Destinations, The Express Tribune, The Friday Times, The Genteel [Canada], Good Times, HELLO! India, HELLO! Pakistan, Jane Austen’s Regency World [UK], Libas International, Masala! [UAE], OK! Pakistan, Paper, Sunday and many others. Laaleen was series coordinator for ITV’s award-nominated documentary, After The Bradford Boil, produced a health talk show at Geo News in Lahore, field produced at the Merrill Lynch Video Network in New York, worked in advertising on Fifth Avenue and interned with the late Ismail Merchant.
More recently, she has consulted on public relations including the Queen’s 90th birthday and Spanish cultural celebrations in Pakistan along with raising funds and increasing awareness to help end breast cancer with Zumba® for Susan G. Komen® Laaleen is currently working as a communications consultant for international development, heritage and tourism and as a magazine editor at Libas International.
In October 2016, she was a speaker at the Jane Austen Society of North America’s Annual General Meeting in Washington DC. She also spoke at a special Austenistan preview hosted by Muse District at George Washington University.
In the past two years, Laaleen has been interviewed and quoted by print and digital publications in various countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas including The Atlantic, AllThingsJaneAusten.net, CatchNews.com, Destinations, Eastern Eye weekly, The Economist, Good Times, HELLO! Pakistan, The Khaleej Times, JustJane1813.com, LimeMint.com, Masala!, Next TV, OddNaari.in, TheLadiesFinger.com, and The Times of India.
Earlier this year, she appeared on Pakistan Television as a panelist for an International Women’s Day themed program. She was a panelist at Last Word bookshop’s Austen-tastic bicentennial talk in Lahore and spoke via video for the Jane Austen Society of Brazil’s bicentennial event.
Laaleen was recently interviewed by Giles Coren in London for an upcoming Sky Arts documentary on Jane Austen produced by Factory Films.
Events & appearances
Laaleen was a panelist at the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA)’s AGM, ‘Emma At 200:
No One But Herself’ in Washington, DC, 21st to 23rd October, 2016.
“One Cannot Have Too Large a Party”: Austen Appreciation Around the World
Joan Ray, Moderator, and Panelists
Saturday, October 22, 8:15-9:30 pm
Around the world, Jane Austen Societies encourage the study and appreciation of her work, but we don’t all get excited about the same things, or express our admiration in the same ways. In a lively and lighthearted panel discussion, the officers of the Jane Austen Societies of Australia, Brazil, Pakistan, the UK, and North America will tell us about Austen’s popularity in their respective countries.Read more
Austenistan preview session
Muse District, George Washington University
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Laaleen at a special Austenistan preview session hosted by Muse District at George Washington DC, moderated by Akbar Shahid Ahmed of The Huffington PostView video