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Publishers for the Diaspora writers and poets Skylark Publications UK A Non-Profit Foundation

Our event at the House of Lords packed with readings, projects, awards and book launches was a great success.

From left:Bobby Nayyar, Usha Akella, Divya Mathur, Zata Banks, Baroness Prashar, Lord Parekh, Yogesh Patel (introducing Word Masala Foundation), Debjani Chatterjee, Priya Patel, Daljit Nagra, Shanta Acharya, Reginal Massey, Usha Kishore and Emma Wright

Poets who also attended and can’t be seen in this limited long shot are

The late Meena Alexander, Kavita A Jindal and Sid Bose

Publishers who also attended and can’t be seen in this limited long shot are

Jane Commane, Jamie and Laura McGarry, Dr Todd Swift, Angela Jarman, C B Patel

Read full reports at

Confluence  l  Indo American News l   The Hindu  l  Muse India l Asian Voice

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Yogesh Patel’s Swimming with Whales


Mona Dash’s A Certain Way

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A journal of contemporary international poetry

since 1969

Thank you for visiting us at Skylark Publications UK

Skylark was launched in 1969 in India as a quarterly on the contemporary literature in translation by the late Baldev Mirza and Yogesh Patel as its editors. After 100 printed issues and a few books, it completed its journey. Reinvented, its independent journey began in England as the publishers with plans to help diasporic writing and expat literature.


It is currently promoting South-Asian poets and writers through various channels, including Word Masala books, events, awards and ezine. In 2015, it has started honouring very important poets of the Diaspora dedicating once a month an ezine to one of the ranks as a Poet-of-the-Month. The ezine is extremely successful in achieving many objectives. Please find out more here.  

Word Masala, a non-profit Foundation has Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Lord Dholakia,  as its patrons and Dr Debjani Chatterjee MBE as a Consultant Edior. It aims to promote the Diasporic writers and poets through various channels.

We have started honouring South-Asian poets each month through our ezine, highlighting their representative poem, and their bio. Every month  the ezine is packed with  very useful information on markets and submissions open. Find out what else we offer by clicking here.

Current requirements can be found here.

Please join our group to help each other. Write a review on a book by the other members. Then ask us to submit it to the selected magazines for you if you cannot.



The first British-Indian poet in this series is MONA DASH a fresh emerging voice with one collection already under her belt in India.

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Reception at the Palace

Yogesh Patel with The Queen representing poetry and the Word Masala Foundation. The breadth of our work across is now internationally sought and enjoyed by many poets. The invitation at the Buckingham Palace was for the launch of UK-India Year of Culture 2017. Thanks to British Council and Baroness Prashar for making sure that poetry and its impact on our lives

were not forgotten in the cultural aspects where celebrity, fashion and business dominate.

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Swimming with Whales

Word Masala announces

The First Collection Publication Award 2019

Reshma Ruia

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Cyril Dabydeen, Debjani Chatterjee

Pramila Venkateswaran

 Yogesh Patel, Saleem Peeradina

Lord Parekh & Lord Dholakia


Nominations for the awards

Poets are primarily nominated by our present winners, the editor, the guest editors, and patrons of Word Masala. But we have a panel as well. 2019/20 panel is listed above. This then leads to further consultation in the background with feedback received from a wider group. Reading their work becomes an important part of this process. The decision of the Director of Word Masala Non-Profit Foundation, with the agreement of the patrons Lord Parekh, Lord Dholakia and Malhar Patel, the Publisher-Director of Skylark Publications UK, is final. An invitation is then issued to the respective poet. More on Yogesh Patel here>>>>>>>

The awards are not automatic as we have a responsibility to acknowledge and celebrate the extra-ordinary achievements of our featured poets. Hopefully, this will also draw urgent attention to their work from magazine editors, publishers, agents, and libraries.

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PN Review, Shearsman

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Word Masala announces  the First Collection Publication Award 2019

The winner: Reshma Ruia

To be published in October 2019

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Reshma Ruia is the author of two novels, Something Black in the Lentil Soup and A Mouthful of Silence, shortlisted for the SI Leeds Literary prize. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in British and international publications and commissioned for radio. She is the co-founder of The Whole Kahani-a writers’ collective. Reshma will receive  her Word Masala Award for the debut collection to be published by Skylark in October at the Nehru Centre..

My poetry explores the diasporic experience of leading a translated life, yearning to belong to a past that one no longer owns and a future that is murky and unclear. There is a sense of melancholic nostalgia in these poems but also a fierce kind of determination to embark on a new beginning and make the best of one’s circumstances. The poems are particularly relevant to our times when there is a growing sense of parochialism and hostility towards ‘the outsider.’ They will resonate with all those who have portable roots and are at home everywhere and nowhere.

The poems also portray the emotive minefield of relationships, questioning the ambiguity behind maternal or filial love. Society conditions us to love our parent or child or partner but my poems challenge this by describing the tug of war between a woman’s sense of self and the roles she is expected to play.

There is an undercurrent of mortality running through some of the poems. A sense of an ending and a reflection on what the passage of time can do to one’s dreams and aspirations.

-Reshma Ruia

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A new collection by Reshma Ruia

Word Masala Foundation

The foundation promotes South-Asian diaspora poets and writers by awarding them for their excellence in poetry. Instead of a monetary prize, it helps by working as a noncommercial agent for them, helping with the reviews, highlighting their work through its publications and magazines, organising readings and programmes, and placing articles and interviews where possible. The foundation is a non-commercial thrust and believes very strongly in working with our Western counterparts. It recognises all good work they do as struggling small and large presses. For that, it awards them with a recognition plaque highlighting their efforts in diversity. We work to help them for the books by South-Asian diaspora poets and writers.

You can also help by joining our growing list of subscribers and by buying books by our award-winning poets and writers.


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Lord Parekh

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