Poetry & more

“These poems offer a model for writing about mothers, daughters – and womanhood more broadly–fiercely and with a grace that flickers between gentleness and grit.”

Stephanie Sy-Quia, Mslexia

“These bittersweet symphonies–by turns romantic, multi-lingual, melancholic and onomatopoeic–are suffused with vulnerability, warning calls and wildness as they dive into bodies, memories, and landscapes wet with diaspora blues.”

Sana Goyal, Poetry Birmingham
My poem ‘bird, smoke, fire’ from A Terrible Thing published by Bad Betty & first published by the wonderful The Brown Orient literary journal.

You can buy ‘A Terrible Thing’ directly from Bad Betty from the Poetry Book Society Amazon or contact me directly if you’d like a signed copy! I’m also very happy to talk to your book group or provide a workshop.

NEWS

New poetry published in December in two beautiful poetry journals: the wonderful harana which publishes poets writing in a second or parallel language and the innovative Tentacular which publishes poetry, art and hybrid work.

I was recently asked to combine my interests in medicine, healthcare and fiction writing in order to take a fictional look at healthcare in 2031 for Storythings along with a wonderful cohort of global authors exploring different aspects of our future world.

I was thrilled to take part in readings with Arachne Press, Poets for the Planet (Gloucester Poetry Festival), Sunseekers and also talk about creative writing in medical education and training for ASME

PRIZES

Winner of the 2013 Wasafiri new writer’s prize. Wasafiri are an incredible organisation that produce events, publications and a long-running academic journal that gives real critical attention to writers of colour and global literature. I was proud to be interviewed by them here

Winner of the Fables for a Modern World Word Factory competition 2015 with a story based on an opening line by Neil Gaiman. You can read it on the Word Factory

Shortlisted for the Science Fiction in the Medical Humanities competition 2016, anthologised by Freight Books/Shoreline of Infinity in A Practical Guide to the Resurrected.

Shortlisted for the Ordinary People, Exceptional Lives Hillingdon LitFest prize 2017. My story ‘Ghost Writer’ is included in the anthology and you can read it here 

SHORT STORIES

Short stories published by Wasafiri, Bellevue Literary Review, Fox Spirit, Shoreline of Infinity.

POETRY FOR CHILDREN

Thrilled to have poetry for children published by The Emma Press (Watcher of the Skies and Dragons of the Prime anthologies) and now in a children’s anthology inspired by the Natural History Museum: Wonder available here. You can read more about Wonder here. It was chosen as a National Poetry. Day selection and would make a perfect Christmas present–I’ve ordered a couple to gift myself!

OTHER WORK

In 2018, my centena for Manta Singh was published on the Imperial War Museum Armistice commemoration website and with @26 writers

I was thrilled to be part of the Bloomsbury Festival in 2020, exploring the mystic traces of such luminaries as Yeats, Tagore and Noor Inayat-Khan in Gordon Square for 26 Writers.

POETRY

Recent poetry in literary journals: Magma issue 77, Interpreter’s House , Anthropocene The Rialto 96 and Finished Creatures Issue 5.

Recent poetry in anthologies: Climbing Lightly Through Forests, paying tribute to the wonderful Ursula Le Guin available now from aqueduct press Hair Raising from Nine Pens with all proceeds to Macmillan Cancer, Where We Find Ourselves: Poems And Stories Of Maps And Mapping from Arachne Press

Thrilled to have new poetry forthcoming in 2022 in Under The Radar and a new eco-poetry anthology from Broken Sleep.

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