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ISSN 2397-1878

Issue 3/2017

Exclusive: Poems curated from the Matwala Literary Festival NY 2017

Featuring Rishi Dastidar Word Masala Award winner June 2017

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eSkylark A Voice of the NRI - Diasporic Poets Editor: Yogesh Patel Consulting Editor: Dr Debjani Chatterjee, MBE ISSN 2397-1878 (printed and digital)/ Issue 3/2017

The third year of success

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Good qualities are appreciated in whomsoever they are found. Uttararaamacharitam (Bhavabhuti) Director: Yogesh Patel Consulting Editor: Dr Debjani Chatterjee, MBE Patrons: Lord Parekh and Lord Dholakia Suite 6, Riverside House, 196 Wandle Road, Morden, Surrey SM4 6AU, England ŠAll rights reserved. To read the eBook download Adobe free eBook reader: http://tinyurl.com/pcb4atb

This Glorious Noise: 5 British Indian poets 4 October 2017 at 8.00 pm at the National Poetry Library, Southbank To reserve your free place please email specialedition@poetrylibrary.org.uk This event is supported by the British Council & the Poetry Library

Recent collections in the above order: Dr Bashabi Fraser: The Homing Bird (Indigo dreams) Rishi Dastidar: Ticker-Tape (Nine Arches Press) Dr Debjani Chatterjee, MBE: Do you Hear the Storm Sing? (Core Publications) Yogesh Patel: Swimming with Whales (Skylark Publications UK) Mona Dash: A Certain Way (Skylark Publications UK)

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.

Submission now open to all non-diaspora poets for poems reflecting on diversity, its celebration in any way. Please submit through the Contact Us tab of our website http://www.skylarkpublications.c o.uk/contact.html

Previous award-winners

Word Masala Award: Dr Debjani Chatterjee, MBE Dr Shanta Acharya Usha Akella Reginald Massey Daljit Nagra Saleem Peeradina Usha Kishore Meena Alexander Pramila Venkateswaran Siddhartha Bose Kavita A Jindal Bobby Nayyar Phinder Dulai

DOWNLOAD the eBook or PDF of this magazine from our website or ISSUU.com Publishers Winning Word Masala 'Champion of the Diaspora Poetry' Award Arc Publications Eyewear Publishing Emma Press Faber and Faber HopeRoad Publishing Limehouse Books Nine Arches Press and Valley Press Word Masala ‘New Voice’ Publication Award Mona Dash

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A Certain Way

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Rishi Dastidar Rishi Dastidar’s poetry has been published by the Financial Times, Tate Modern and the Southbank Centre amongst many others. His work has featured in the anthologies Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins) and Ten: The New Wave (Bloodaxe). His debut collection Ticker-tape is published by Nine Arches Press. In 2016 he was commissioned by the BBC to write and perform a poem for National Poetry Day. He has been a runner-up in the 2011 Cardiff International Poetry Competition, and the 2014 Troubadour International Poetry Prize, and in 2016 was long-listed in the UK’s National Poetry Competition. A fellow of The Complete Works, the Arts Council England funded programme for BAME poets, he is a consulting editor at The Rialto magazine, and also a member of the Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective. He serves as a chair of the London-based writer development organization Spread The Word, and teaches at The Poetry School.

Poet's corner My starting point for any poem is that it should aspire to be sung speech – long before I discovered literature I was passionate about pop music in particular, and I hope that through my writing I can transport a reader – give them an emotional hit – that the best music does. Beyond that, I write from a traditional English lyric perspective, but I like shaking it up, shoving too much modernity into older forms that can barely bear what they’re being asked to. What else? A keening sense of romance, geographic yearning; riffs on capitalism, geopolitics, identity and technology; and now and again, the gods and other mythic beings must intervene and have their say too. - Rishi Dastidar



Any reputed poet – not necessarily a diaspora poet - is welcome to offer to write an editorial, subject to editorial acceptance.

Ramanujan believed there are three types of poems: Text conversing with some other text, text conversing with the reflected text and text conversing with the text mirrored inside it. But we know, in some poets, the conversation overwhelms itself with a personal indulgence; in others’, it crushes itself with the intellect drawn from various references applied! In many, it is about the observations and their context! But for poets like Daljit and Rishi, it is not enough. Their focus is on the language itself, as a tool. It becomes a part of their craft. Rishi explores the landscape of language, tossing the net to his poem’s universe to capture the plethora of contexts at work. He is political in the sense that capitalism bothers him in all its aspects. He claims that music has played a great part in his poems. I must plead ignorance. Its presence in his poems is lost on me because Western music is not part of my life; I am much more at home with Indian music. But beware: he also draws a lot from history and geography. Rishi’s work is not for hitchhikers of poetry who expect an easy ride with the cheap shringar rasa of Mushaira. His poems make a heavy demand on you, but if you give yourself fully to them, the reward is a great enlightenment. For example, the poem he has specially written for this issue, on its first reading, will not reveal its treasures. You will find clues by visiting this photograph at Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/jarahe/2481516055. Another clue is “gentrification, especially that which is artist-led...” The architecture or the city planning stolen by the bourgeoisie in the deprived areas being regenerated throttles the cultural character of the others living there. This brings Rishi back to his favourite theme of intellectual discussions on capitalism. But his latest collection of poems, Ticker-tape, is only a tiny statement on it. The poems are far ranging and personal too. I have many favourites. Buy it to see why. It is very rarely that we witness a new unique voice bursting out on the poetic landscape. Rishi’s is such an extraordinary voice. He raises the bars very high for all poets. I will not be surprised if Ticker-tape picks up some prizes. If not, it should. Yogesh Patel


Poet of the Month

Photograph by Naomi Woddis Rishi Dastidar

Ghostmakers In the eastern village we are making ghosts, although our seductive imprecation – “Come in our house, we want to hurt you!” – is not having the desired effect. Perhaps we should have chosen a different venue, one where distressed bricks don’t offer up scratches as hugs, or the white-out windows avoid incarceration behind rusting bars. Instead all we have to give is the ferocious smell of modernity rotting, disguised as a tidal wave of black rubbish bags. Oh for any sheen of beauty the arc light of history might find: it touches the only art left to us: the sepia haze of a fading cloud. ©Rishi Dastidar


Available now from Waterstones and other good bookshops Nine Arches Press http://tinyurl.com/llsaayk ISBN: 9781911027171 Price: £9.99 Paperback, 80 pp

‘Rishi Dastidar’s extraordinary debut collection, Tickertape introduces a distinctive new voice in poetry. This is a generously spirited collection with poems seething in tingly wit and pushing at the outer edges of what is possible in poetry. There really is no one else currently writing poetry quite like this.’ – Mona Arshi

‘These poems are perfected eccentricities who dance through the techno world. Urban wit rubs alongside innovative love poetry. Dastidar is at home “forglopned", in his “blipverts", on the way to Stavanger without a signal, enjoying a "Potluck Kinfolk style” or selling love at the Tsukiji fish market. Wherever he is, whatever he’s up to, I declare Dastidar to be one of the most ingenious, modern, thrilling, hilarious and tender poets writing today.’ - Daljit Nagra

Language is a plaything in poets’ hands, a raw material shaped into a sculpture. How far the poet engages with this challenge varies across the spectrum of this genre. Poets like Dastidar are not bothered about assuming the role of ‘legislators’ as Shelley would have it. Nor has he planned to be different, but he naturally achieves this as poet Mona Arshi observes in the blurb, ‘There really is no one else currently writing poetry quite like this.’ -Yogesh Patel


Skylark Publications UK books

Official publication date: 4 October 2017, ISBN: 9780956084057

Yogesh Patel’s Swimming with Whales Pre-order NOW this collection from our bookshop or Waterstones 'Yogesh Patel is Jonah, Ishmael, Queequeg and Moby Dick himself: he knows what is owed to whales, how mighty and how vulnerable they are, and what we owe them by way of nourishment and light. His whales are enormous symbols swimming all the seas of the world and defining us as they go.' - Michael Schmidt OBE FRSL, General Editor, PN Review

A Certain Way by Mona Dash ISBN 978-0-9560840-4-0 Title A Certain Way Author- Dash, Mona Series- Poetry Collection Format/Binding Perfect Pages 99 Price- £9.99 ($14.99) Imprint – Skylark Publications UK Publication Date 01-04-2017 “Many a first generation British Indian writer has commented on their diaspora experience – in poetry and in prose – and indeed some have done so memorably. While I welcome this first collection that adds to this growing body of literature, in my view, its author’s true forté lies in her intimate poems of connectivity. It is in these poems about personal relationships with people, places and traditions that emotions surface with authenticity. There may not be many answers in these poems, but Mona Dash does ask the right questions.” -Debjani Chatterjee MBE


New poems curated from the MATWALA Festival, USA Sanskrit It uses every inch of tongue, pushes tip against roof and teeth, Folds sides against molars and gums, prodding every cell awake From glottis to puckering, pressing, spitting lips, snarl and grin Oblivious to cheeks aching from the roller coaster jaw ride Wanting to make good parental instructions on spashtam; Only a tongue cleaned of plaque can serve sharp syllables. Nalinidalagatajalmatitaralamtatvajivitamatishayachapalam Our lives are raindrops trembling on a lotus leaf, says Sankara, Urging me on to tear the bracken and plunge into mystery. Enunciation practice made my eyes tear and my mouth burn. Words etched into my skin linking a wizardry of phonemes, Clamoring clans charging from throat to roof to lip and air. I stick out my tongue at the mirror: Would Dad approve of the White film coating it? No. This is an old tongue that has persisted In practiced pronunciation, tasting words salty, crisp, wooden And lacy, many a syllable slipping and sliding on its coarse and Slimy plane. Words knew how to land deftly, God knows how! My insatiable taster surrendered. Sans tongue-tied, it can Unleash a string of curses or unfold a scroll of chants; The syllables have the right crunch, the chew seldom sticky, Their breathy fragrance fanning my heartbeat kritkritkrit. Pramila Venkateswaran Poet laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island (2013-15), and author of Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002) Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press, 2008), Draw Me Inmost (Stockport Flats, 2009), Trace (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Thirteen Days to Let Go (Aldrich Press, 2015), and Slow Ripening (Local Gems, 2016) is an award winning poet who teaches English and Women’s Studies at Nassau Community College, New York. Author of numerous essays on poetics as well as creative non-fiction, she is also the 2011 Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Long Island Poet of the Year.


Quite simply the house is her. Till she came we inhabited geometric squares and rectangles softened at the moment of her birth, the walls began to unfurl as petals, we gave off a new fragrance, the doors opened as envelopes filled with money, the stairs were stairways; all definitions expanded, the house became a globe revolving around her, the sun in our midst, never mind she was born in the dead of winter, she was fire, she was the hearth, she the prophet whose teachings I learnt through my expanding heart; there is no dark side to this, no irony, no appeasing the cynicism of this century, mine is the way of seeing blessings on earth. To leave this house is to leave her history, as time delivers us first from heaven, then from the body of our mothers, then from the body of our country, then from the body of earth, Free. Usha Akella

USHA AKELLA has authored three books and produced and directed one musical. She is the founder of ‘The Poetry Caravan’ in Austin, TX and Greenburg, NY. She also writes travel articles, whimsical prose and interviews artists, poets and scholars. She edits a yearly Diaspora issue for www.museindia.com, and is the festival director and producer of Matwaala, the South Asian Diaspora Poetry Fest.

Poet & Creative Ambassador, City of Austin (2014-2015) Founder, The Poetry Caravan


Aubade I was born in a hot country close to a river The color of sparrow’s wings folded under dirt. On a rock beside the river it is written: I, Priyadarshi, Beloved of the Gods command this -In my kingdom let no injury come to man, woman, Child, deer, bird or any living thing. Where can the dead gather -- in lost watering holes Or in palaces of rain? At dawn you touch my throat, You stroke my feet so I can journey on. By a rock grasses seed, lilies flower And there it pours – a river made of mist and time Oil flecked, blood decked, wing crested, Dense with mud, a homecoming. Meena Alexander Meena Alexander's eighth book of poetry Atmospheric Embroidery has been published in India (New Delhi, Hachette India, 2015). Her works include the PEN Award winning book of poems Illiterate Heart and Fault Lines (one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year. She has also published two novels. Her awards include those from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Arts Council of England and the Rockefeller Foundation for a residency at Bellagio. She is Distinguished Professor of English, Graduate Center/ Hunter College, CUNY.


Bumblebee How a well-machined hairy orb bobs yellowbreeched philosophy: foraging optimally, visiting the vertical inflorescences of foxglove from bottom up, pumping palp and maxilla with the precision of pistons, no wasted motion, searching under the sepals of monkshood like a furtive lover, or like a German engineer in the heliotrope, loading full corbiculas with sticky pollen, moving bloom to bloom, then back to a comb lodged between springs of a truck cab seat rusting in green rushes. Back to dance an alphabet of honey and wax.

Ravi Shankar

Poet Ravi Shankar grew up in Virginia, earning a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA from Columbia University. His collections of poetry include Instrumentality (2004), a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards; the collaborative chapbook Wanton Textiles (2006), with Reb Livingston; and Deepening Groove (2011), winner of the National Poetry Review Prize. Shankar has received numerous honours and awards for his work, including a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. He is founding editor and executive director of the online arts journal Drunken Boat, one of the oldest electronic arts journals on the web.


Doorway Everything About the house appears to pull you into Its cozy symmetry: the doorway, a mouth To curl up in; the floor gleaming in the sunshine; the interior Awash in filtered light, brooding like a womb’s padded cell Setting the stage for a crawl up the stairway to spit out A butterfly From the sky light.

House of the Heart by Sasha Kamini Parmasad, 2012, Acrylic on paper.

Saleem Peeradina Heart’s Beast Publisher: Copper Coin Publishing (2017), ISBN 978-9384109103

Peeradina is a master of the conversational tone. I hear every poem of his as words addressed to a specific listener, sometimes named, sometimes not. This makes for intimacy, nuanced ranges of thought and emotion which only the poet's familiars can be expected to share but which, reassuringly in his case, also allow us, his readers, into the listening circle he trusts. It's a candid, open-hearted privilege Peeradina grants, freely expressing his moods-satirical, sad, disgusted, sublime-while he carefully chronicles what he sees, hears, smells, touches or imagines' - Adil Jussawalla Peeradina has given readings all over the world. In 2003, he served as writer-inresidence at American College, Madurai, India, and at Lenoir-Rhyne College, NC. In 2009-10, he was writer-in-residence at The Chelsea Public Library, MI. Peeradina is Professor Emeritus at Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan.


What Does A Name Mean? How do you spell it? Like Marsha, but with a V. Oh, Vaasha. No. There’s an R before S. How do you say it, Vaarsha? With a single a, not double. Where’re you from? Here. This earth. Did you grow up here? No. I ran away from Iran, I’m the Shah’s niece. She doesn't tell them she dropped that make-believe context circa 1979, rid of her accent shaped by British Raj. For long, diction stood her apart, often politely praised. At seminars she wrote her name tag certain way –– first in upper case, surname an initial, as if her alien-ness will become unapparent. V from her lips sounds often like W to western ears. Warsha mixed with Shah often heard as Warsaw; though they know she is not Polish. Shah often misspelt, Shaw rescues her. Her quip, ––I am a descendant of Bernard Shaw endears a few. If they insist on truth, she reveals their Indo-European matriarch, Sanskrit. Varsha means Rain in Sanskrit. Folks in the Sanskrit land sigh at the loss of her eastern enunciation –– her American tongue overpowers certain soft consonants. Yet, she becomes one of them when they joke in Gujarati, or do a Hindi karaoke, or chant Sanskrit shlokas sans the accent. She knows Kālidāsa may rise someday from ashes raging at her cacophonous K. If Tagore were to return, she’ll ask for pardon for her tongue harsh on his T. She is certain Shakespeare won’t fuss over any of these messy plays if he ever walked into the scene. He’ll simply say, What’s in a name, after-all?

Varsha Saraiya-Shah’s chapbook of poetry, VOICES, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her work has appeared in journals such as Asian Cha, Borderlands, Convergence, Right Hand Pointing, and UT Press. Varsha’s work is often inspired by the small wonders of life. She currently serves on the Mutabilis Press


“The Amerindians called the island of Trinidad, Kairi. As true as it is to say that earth speaks, this is a lie. The island called himself that. All we had but to do was listen.” —Anonymous Transcen(dance) Rage at Kairi who offers sympathy, who says, I’m so sorry. He concocts the poison stasis where, through silent labor conducted in a room without doors, I have taught myself to see ever-flowing life. Kairi draws a black veil over his face, obscuring my sight, and offers purple flowers when he should be ripping the hearts out of drums. Leave his hand then. Don’t lose your ruby in the gloom of his eye. Cast yourself off. You will do well up there among the tops of mora trees. Let go of your own ankle. Cast yourself up to where you have no choice but to fly. Remember him as the gold of your eye, or keep silent. Remember him as that crimson fist in sky, or keep silent. She does not want your salt, Kairi. Her body, after the offering of her ashes at sea, having become more water than land. Where she goes, children band their bellies tight, dance ecstatic atop gravestones; laughter is a bell-shaped fruit that grows from the finger and toe bones of skeletons. Grab this end of veil, Kairi, spit that tear out of your eye, and she will take you up with her. Otherwise, her fangs, her lolling tongue. She will adorn her breast with your head.

Sasha Kamini Parmasad (MFA, Columbia University), award-winning writer, author of No Poem (Yuganta Press, 2017), Lead Transcendental Meditation (TM) Teacher at the David Lynch Foundation (NYC), has been working within the space of Consciousness & Creativity for over a decade to catalyze the development of individual awareness, foster inner resilience.



Metamorphosis Literary Agency focuses on Commercial Fiction that is wellcrafted, entertaining, and tight. Please send queries to http://tinyurl.com/lt8fvvo Stephanie Hansen - Owner & Agent E-Mail: info@metamorphosisliteraryagency.com The Future Bookshelf is open to submission from under-represented writers. http://tinyurl.com/n5uau5o http://tinyurl.com/keg6j5f http://thefuturebookshelf.co.uk/about-us/ Have you always wanted to write a book? The Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing at Sanford University is designed to help you fulfil that dream. http://tinyurl.com/kxeekp2 Submission to Literary Juice: http://www.literaryjuice.com/submit/4557087624 Literary Juice is a magazine of fiction, poetry and art. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Ambit Our next poetry submissions window will be open from 1 August - 1 October 2017. You can send up to 5 poems for us to read. Our fiction window will be open from 1 September - 1 October 2017. You can upload one piece of fiction up to 5,000 words, and/or you can upload in one document one to three pieces of flash fiction (up to 1,000 words each). All work must be original and have not appeared anywhere including websites or blogs. If you don't know the magazine we encourage you to read a recent copy to understand the sort of work we are looking for. You can find out more about this at www.ambitmagazine.co.uk/submit Bhashabandhan Literary Review are seeking interesting and well-written, previously unpublished poetry, short stories, flash fiction, memoir, essay, and artwork. Submissions must include a brief biography with current contact information (telephone number, address, e-mail address). Please visit: http://bhashabandhanliteraryreview.com/submission-guidelines/


Free Competitions Vee Bradley Humorous Poetry Competition. | Closing Date: 31-Jul-17 The Society of Civil & Public Service Writers is holding The Vee Bradley Competition for Humorous Verse: Maximum 30 lines, one poem per sheet; Prize £25; The competition is open only to SCPSW members. Those eligible include serving or retired members of the Civil Service, Armed Forces, National Health Service, Local Government, the Police Force or any Public Service. Entry Fee: £0. The competition is open only to SCPSW members. Contact: London SE25 5HG or email membership@scpsw.co.uk For full details visit http://www.scpsw.co.uk/competitions.php

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Announcement Daljit Nagra possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary English poetry. British Museum is his third collection, following his electrifying version of the epic Ramayana, and marks a significant departure of style to something quieter, more contemplative and inquisitive, at times valedictory.

A new collection of poems by Daljit Nagra Order from: https://www.faber.co.uk/9780571333738-british-museum.html


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Songs of the Shattered Throat: Focus on the Languages of India 2017 Number 1: Feature two Word Masala Award winning poets Editor: Sasha Dugdal

Project Editor: Sarah Hesketh

MPT’s Spring issue ‘Songs of the Shattered Throat’ focuses on poetry in the languages of India, with a selection of new translations of Tulsidas, Monika Kumar, Kutti Revathi, Joy Goswami, Vinod Kumar Shukla and Anitha Thampi, whose poem is published in partnership with Indian Quarterly. The issue also features new work by Ed Doegar, Daljit Nagra and Siddhartha Bose. The translations are accompanied by an essay by prominent Hindi novelist and poet Geet Chaturvedi about the status of Hindi as a literary language and English language’s corrosive effect on Hindi literary culture. ‘Songs of the Shattered Throat’ also includes selections of poems by Swedish modernist Ann Jäderlund, Lea Goldberg’s exquisite sequence ‘Songs of Spain’, published in English translation for the first time, Bernard O’Donoghue’s new translation of Piers Plowman and a collaborative translation between UK poet Karen McCarthy Woolf and Turkish poet Nurduran Duman. All in this new issue of the groundbreaking magazine dedicated to poetry in translation: for the best in world poetry read MPT. Subscribe through the link below http://www.mptmagazine.com/page/subscribe/


Required reading Rishi Dastidar’s poem: http://tinyurl.com/m925vl5 Imtiaz Dharkar’s poem: http://tinyurl.com/k54thyj Report on the launch of Mona Dash’s A Certain Way http://tinyurl.com/klqsb7e Mona Dash’s A Certain way: A review by Debjani Chatterjee : http://www.thebookreviewindia.org/subscribe.php Yogesh Patel reviews Daljit Nagra and Sujata Bhatt read in the Book Review www.thebookreviewindia.org/ 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. www.confluence.mobi Read a review of Rishi Dastidar’s Ticker-tape in the Book Review www.thebookreviewindia.org/ Tips on avoiding rejections: From Literary Juice magazine

http://tinyurl.com/kpjhf8n Kavita A. Jindal and Rishi Dastidar Reading their work at the Poetry Society’s the Poem-A-Thon on 22 July

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Poetry @ the Print Room 6 June http://www.the-print-room.org Readings from Daljit Nagra, Kayo Chingonyi and Karen McCarthy Woolf. Book here: http://tinyurl.com/yc3df6mo NATIONAL POETRY LIBRARY: Celebrating Shearsman Books Date: Wednesday 5 July 2017, Time: 8pm, Price: Free but booking required Venue: The National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall. Southbank Centre Shearsman Books have been a driving force in British modernist poetry for 35 years. Their global list has championed the work of some of Britain's most important, and often overlooked, modern poets. Authors from across the generations that Shearsman represents will read their work before a discussion between them and Shearsman editor Tony Frazer. To book your free place email specialedition@poetrylibrary.org.uk Latest WIRRAL: Walk in Poetry Day Date: Sunday 9 July, 2017, Time: 1:00 AM, Price: Free, Venue address: West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 4EL Publicity material for this event says: Wirral Festival of Firsts Community Poetry Day Sunday 9th July 2.00-5.30pm. 2.00-3.30pm Open Mic Poetry and invited guest poets in two venues (three if more demand), 3.30pm Tea break 4.00-5.00pm Celebration of Poetry and Walking (outputs from the pre Festival workshops), 5.00pm Annual Poetry Competition Prize giving Free admission. Please register to read using the online form. Contact: info@festivaloffirsts.com


https://uk-india.britishcouncil.in/ The British Council, the Indian High Commission and the UK government have officially launched the UK-India Year of Culture, a celebration of the long-standing relationship between the UK and India which will see cultural events, exhibitions and activities taking place in both countries throughout 2017. Audiences will have the chance to experience innovative and exciting creative work from some of the best UK and Indian companies, artists and institutions. The event at the Poetry Library on 4 October 2017 is part of this initiative.


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eSkylark july 2017 featuring Rishi Dastidar  

Word Masala Award July 2017 has been awarded to Rishi Dastidar. This issue not only features a special poem written by Rishi for this issue...

eSkylark july 2017 featuring Rishi Dastidar  

Word Masala Award July 2017 has been awarded to Rishi Dastidar. This issue not only features a special poem written by Rishi for this issue...