BY AZMA DAR
Princess, poet, pacifist … and World War II spy. The enigmatic, indefinable Noor Inayat Khan was an unlikely recruit to the SOE as an undercover wireless operator. How did she face off fascism with such courage and resilience and evade capture longer than any of her counterparts?
Noor’s moving and inspirational story takes us across borders and time into a shadowy world of espionage, as British officer Vera Atkins and Gestapo Major Hans Kieffer trade secrets to uncover the woman behind the code names. From her Sufi mysticism to her astonishing creativity, Noor’s individuality was ultimately her greatest strength.
“A stylish, noirish retelling of a story so genuinely extraordinary you could not have made it up.” – The Times
“… compelling story of wartime spy Noor Inayat Khan.” – The Guardian
… an incredible new voice; witty and wise.” – Adele Parks
“…some of the best, cutting-edge Asian theatre.” – The Herald, Scotland
Azma has written for the stage, screen and radio. Her play, Vampire in Bradford won the New Perspectives Long Play Competition. Previous plays for Kali include Chaos and Paper Thin (Both available from the Kali Script Shop on their website).
Her novel, The Secret Arts, was published digitally by Dean Street Press. A chapter from this won the New Writing Ventures Award for Fiction. Her new novel, Spider, will be published in April 2023 by Datura Books.