Imtiaz Dharker Radio 4 Interviews
'Her clear-eyed attention brings each subject dazzlingly into focus. She makes it look easy, this clarity and economy, but it is her deft phrasing, wit and grace that create this immediacy'. - Carol Ann Duffy
Imtiaz Dharker was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry for her fifth collection Over the Moon. Her sixth, Luck is the Hook, was published by Bloodaxe on 29 March 2018. The book was given a pre-publication launch at Verve Poetry Festival in Birmingham. She will be reading at a number of festivals in 2018, including Cúirt International Festival of Literature and Newcastle Poetry Festival, with more appearances to be announced later in the year. See her events here.
Imtiaz Dharker was The London Book Fair's first ever 'Poet of the Fair' in April 2018). A five-minute interview Imtiaz gave to The London Book Fair can be read here.
Imtiaz Dharker's Inheritance Tracks were broadcast on Radio 4' Saturday Live on 19 May 2018. She speaks about the music she inherited from her parents and listened to when she was growing up in Glasgow, and the track she wants to pass on to her daughter. On the day of the Royal Wedding, she also spoke about her own 'poetry wedding' to the late Simon Powell, founder of Poetry Live!. Listen to the whole programme here. Imitaz's Inheritance Tracks are available to download and listen again here.
Front Row, BBC Radio 4, Thursday 19 April 2018, 7.15pm
Imtiaz Dharker was interviewed live on Front Row on 19 April about her new collection Luck is the Hook. She spoke to Stig Abell about chance, what feeds her imagination and about how she is never quite sure when she takes up a pen whether a poem or a drawing will be the result. When he asked her how she would like people to respond to the collection, she said ‘I want them to… feel jostled to an edge. I want them to hang by their fingertips, as I did in some of the poems.’
Imtiaz read her beautiful sonnet ‘The trick’ on the programme, and then read two further poems for the podcast: ‘The Elephant is walking on the River Thames’, followed by a haiku ‘First sight, through falling snow’. All three are from Luck is the Hook.
Imtiaz Dharker also contributed to the first item about the Windrush (from 7.47), and spoke aobut how poets from the Caribbean such as James Berry, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, John Agard and Grace Nichols (all Bloodaxe poets) had enriched British poetry.
First and last item & podcast. She joins the Windrush discussion from 7.47). To listen, click here.
'This Tide of Humber': the final poem in Luck is the Hook
Imtiaz Dharker participated in the BBC Contains Strong Language Festival in 28 September-October 2017.
Her long poem 'This Tide of Humber' was performed twice in Hull on Saturday 30 September 2017. JoinedUp Dance Company presented a new piece of contemporary dance inspired by this specially commissioned poem. The poem is now included in collection Luck Is the Hook, which takes its title from a line in the poem.
A film showing Imtiaz Dharker working with the dancers and reading the poem can be seen here.
Front Row, BBC Radio 4, Friday 29 September 2017, 7.15pm
Imtiaz Dharker was interviewed on this live edition of Front Row being broadcast from Hull in front of an audience. She read an excerpt from ‘This Tide of Humber’. This specially commissioned poem will be broadcast in full on Radio 4 at a later date. It was performed live twice at the Contains Strong Language festival in Hull on 30 September 2017.
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Imtiaz Dharker has written about ‘This Tide of Humber’ in The Rialto:
[24 May 2018]