adda is run by  Commonwealth Writers, the Cultural Programme of the Commonwealth Foundation. We publish writing by Commonwealth citizens in a range of genres and languages.

In Bengali, adda describes an informal but lengthy conversation; in Hindi, the word traces its origin to that for a ‘perching spot’ for birds; in the Punjab, an adda is a pit-stop on long highways where travellers rest and exchange news.  Put simply: adda is a meeting place.

At adda we publish non-fiction and fiction – whether it takes the form of narrative essays, photo-essays, memoir, short stories, graphic novels or poetry. We prioritise writing from authors who might not have the chance to publish elsewhere, featuring their work alongside established names such as Ben Okri, Ananda Devi, Mia Couto, Olive Senior and Akwaeke Emezi.


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