I'm interested in the spaces between things: between prose and poetry, idea and narrative, the written and the spoken word.
Currently a doctoral student at the Writing & Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University, I'm researching prehistory in fiction: narrative, form and representation.
Offshore: winner of the 2019 Seizure 'Viva la Novella' prize
'Mostafa writes with a fine command of rhythm and pace, and the book builds an escalating sense of panic as the mental toll of being a refugee is laid bare. Its social critique is more lucid, and more barbed, for the plausibility it brings to its portrayal of a future Australia consumed by chaos and calamity.' - Cameron Woodhead, Sydney Morning Herald.
'One of the reasons Joshua’s scenes are so compelling is that they could be set today, right now, and that they are set in the world – the Sydney, and the Blue Mountains – that we know....The way Joshua paces and interweaves these narratives, uses them to maintain suspense – the erotics of this text, if you like – is close to masterful.' - David Brooks, author of The Fern Tattoo and The Grass Library.
In the near future, Sydney is collapsing into chaos. The internet disappears, the water isn't running and the electricity goes out. An academic and a medical student try to smuggle themselves out of the country. But when their boat gets stopped, they are interned on an island detention centre somewhere in the Indian Ocean...