Rosalyn D’Mello, Salma and I were at the Byron Bay Writers Festival 2016 to promote our anthology, Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories (edited by Catriona Mitchell). Our festival appearances were followed by an event at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane. Read more about this year’s Byron Bay Writers Festival here. You can also see lots of pictures from the trip to Australia on my Instagram.
I have six poems at the Poetry At Sangam website, two of which are from my forthcoming collection, The Altar of the Only World (HarperCollins India, 2017). I’m so glad to share them, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading them.
I was very thoughtfully interviewed by Kirthi Jayakumar earlier in 2015 for Femina. The piece appeared in the Dec 18 2015 issue of the magazine.
Please keep your eyes and hearts open and your loving wishes sent in the general directions of The High Priestess Never Marries (HarperCollins India, 2016) and The Altar Of The Only World (HarperCollins India, 2017). And me, if you have more love to spare. Because I do, and I’ll try to make more books from it :) Happy new year! xo
An ironically feminist poem, “Moll“, is out now in Antiserious.
Following the Commonwealth Day Observance on March 9th, I enjoyed two more readings in England.
In London, I read at the vibrant Loose Muse, hosted at The Poetry Society’s Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden, along with Agnes Meadows and a formidable open mic group of women poets.
In Sheffield, I read Sheffield-Hallam University along with the novelist Desiree Reynolds.
Photos and videos from both these events can be found on my Facebook page.
March 9th 2015 was the most extraordinary day of my life.
On that day, I stood on the Sacrarium Steps of Westminster Abbey and delivered a specially-commissioned poem, “Gathering”, to a crowd of 2000 people, including the British royal family.
I wrote about the experience at length for The Hindu, here.
And a little piece on how I picked out my wardrobe for the day for Fashion 101, here.
Here is the official recording of my performance: And here are a few photographs. My favourite is the last one, taken during the rehearsal.