Dr Shahed Yousaf is a GP who works in prisons, substance misuse and with the homeless community. He is interested in working-class narratives and the therapeutic aspects of literature. Shahed is the author of two medical books. He is an experienced flash fiction and short story writer and is working on a long form book. He was shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Prize 2016 and commended for the Faber & Faber FAB Prize 2017. Shahed won a place on to the Writing West Midlands Room 204 Mentoring scheme and the Middle Way Mentoring Project in 2019.
Shahed was a panellist at the National Writers’ Conference on The Value of Mentoring in June 2019. In March 2020 his flash fiction Zero Tolerance appeared in Raven Chronicles Press’s Anthology, Take a Stand: Art Against Hate. His story Mr Freddie Mercury was featured in ‘In The Middle’ anthology of new writing from the Midlands in October 2020.