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This Glorious Noise: 5 British Indian poets

4 October 2017 at 8.00 pm at the National Poetry Library, Southbank

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This event is supported by the British Council & the Poetry Library


Also the official date for Swimming with Whales to breach for a launch!

Five South Asian diaspora poets celebrate the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 by reading poems showcasing their different experiences. Mona Dash and Prof Bashabi Fraser have come directly from India, as subcontinentals; Dr Debjani Chatterjee MBE has seen displacement by living through a prism of cultures; Rishi Dastidar was born and grew up in London, and has a particular take on Britain; and Yogesh Patel, born in Kenya of Indian origin but a British citizen by birth, has his own struggles to express. Yogesh Patel, publisher-editor of Skylark Publication UK, highlights poetry from four new collections in this rare outing.


for recently receiving the award

Culture Vannin (Manx Heritage)

specially to support her forthcoming collection being published by Eyewear Publishing.

As a measure of our success and the visionary approach of the publishers, Word Masala was successful in placing this work. Our special thanks to Todd Swift of Eyewear Publishing. Usha and we are also grateful to the Arts Council of Isle of Man.

we would also like to congratulate Usha Kishore and Jaydeep Sarangi for their excellent anthology published this January. It features many of our Word Masala Award-Winning poets.

Home Thoughts: Poetry of the British Indian Diaspora

ISBN 9789385945717


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If you write a short story, following opening is worth submitting to: The theme of the book is ‘change’ and the purpose of the book is to represent and celebrate diverse voices. However, the authors have been given the freedom to “interpret the theme however they are inspired to do so”, according to Stripes.

Contributors will also include Tanya Byrne, Inua Ellams, Catherine Johnson, Ayisha Malik and Irfan Master, as well as unpublished and un-agented writers who can submit their stories via the website. Any BAME writers who want to submit must send a 2,000-5,000 word story to by 28th February.

More details can be found on the Stripes website.

The entries will be judged by members of the Stripes team as well literary agent Julia Kingsford and Sarah Shaffi, online editor of The Bookseller and co-founder of the BAME in Publishing network.


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Writers become employees of Disney│ABC Television Group (DATG) and will be paid a weekly salary of $961.54 ($50,000 annualized) plus any applicable benefits for which they are eligible in accordance with the then-current Company benefits. The one-year program begins in February and ends in February of the following year. Please note that time frames are subject

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Required Reading

Confluence’s May issue - just out - can be read at their website. It also includes a sketch on Meena Alexander celebrating her poetry.

In fact, we strongly recommend you join their list, as every issue offers poems, reviews, articles covering wide range of subjects, and much more. Just click this link >>>>>>>>

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Imagine: New & Selected Poems brings together the finest work from Shanta Acharya’s five books of poetry with a generous selection of new verses. Her subtly layered poems, with deep roots in two cultures, explore and reflect on the human condition. They address consciousness and creativity, issues of self and of the ways in which identity is perceived, belonging and exile, love and betrayal, suffering and realization. Moving with ease from ancient Indian scriptures and history to sharply observed lyrics about nature, from the horror and injustice of war to the absurdity of life, Acharya’s work reveals the largesse of her vision. This selection is a sound introduction to an uncommon poet.

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Rishi Dastidar’s poem:

Imtiaz Dharkar’s poem:

Report on the launch of Mona Dash’s A Certain Way

Mona Dash’s A Certain way: A review by Debjani Chatterjee :

Yogesh Patel reviews Daljit Nagra and Sujata Bhatt read in the Book Review

Yogesh Patel writes about Meena Alexander in his column ‘Through the Poetic Lens’ in Confluence. Please go to their website and download the latest issue free to read it.

Read a review of Rishi Dastidar’s Ticker-tape in the Book Review

Tips on avoiding rejections: From Literary Juice magazine