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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
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
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Yogesh Patel’s Swimming with Whales
Mona Dash’s A Certain Way
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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.
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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-
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Word Masala announces
The First Collection Publication Award 2019
Cyril Dabydeen, Debjani Chatterjee
Yogesh Patel, Saleem Peeradina
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Word Masala announces the First Collection Publication Award 2019
The winner: Reshma Ruia
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-
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.
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