Arundhathi Subramaniam Launch Readings

Arundhathi Subramaniam Launch Readings


Indian poet Arundhathi Subramaniam’s fifth book of poetry Love Without a Story, published by Bloodaxe Books on 12 November 2020, will be launched with two online events organised by festivals in the UK.  Ledbury Poetry Festival will host an online Poetry Salon on 13 November, at which Arundhathi will be in conversation with Buddhist poet Maitreyabandhu. She will also take part in a reading and discussion event at Sheaf Poetry Festival on 22 November. She’ll be joining these events live from Chennai.

Arundhathi Subramaniam’s previous collection When God Is a Traveller was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize 2014, and won both the inaugural Khushwant Singh Prize at the Jaipur Literary Festival and the International Piero Bigongiari Prize in Italy.

The poems of Love Without a Story celebrate passion and friendship, mythic quest and modern-day longing, in a world animated by dialogue and dissent. Poems of heightened environmental awareness and urgency such as ‘If It Must Be Now’, ‘Mitti’ and 'A First Monsoon Again’ look at what we are currently doing to that world.

Arundhathi Subramaniam has published two previous books of poetry in Britain with Bloodaxe, Where I Live: New & Selected Poems (2009), which combines selections from her first two Indian collections, On Cleaning Bookshelves and Where I Live, with new work, and When God Is a Traveller (2014), a Poetry Book Society Choice shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. 



Friday 13 November, 7-9pm: Ledbury Poetry Salon (via Zoom)

Arundhathi Subramaniam in conversation with the poet Maitreyabandhu

Arundhathi Subramaniam will be in conversation with fellow Bloodaxe poet Maitreyabandhu. His third collection After Cézanne was published in October 2019. They read together live at Ledbury in 2016.

Free online event, but you must register in advance. Donations to the festival are welcome.

Click here for more information and to register.

Sunday 22 November: 4-5.15pm, Sheaf Digital Poetry Festival (pay as you feel)

Poetry and Translation

Arundhathi Subramaniam will take part in a discussion about translation and witnessing, and will read from Love Without a Story.

Free online event, but please register. Donations: pay as you feel.

Click here to book.


A Sheaf Poetry Festival interview with Arundhathi Subramaniam can be read here.


Arundhathi Subramaniam live at Ledbury Poetry Festival in July 2016

Arundhathi Subramaniam reads and introduces a selection of poems from her two Bloodaxe titles, When God Is a Traveller and Where I Live: New & Selected Poems: ‘How Some Hindus Find ‘Their Personal Gods’’, My Friends’, ‘Winter, Delhi, 1997’, ‘Madras, November, 1995’, ‘Home’, ‘To the Welsh Critic Who Doesn’t Find Me Identifiably Indian’, ‘I Speak for Those with Orange Lunchboxes’, ‘Or Take Mrs Salim Sheikh’, ‘Where the Script Ends’ and ‘Prayer’. This video shows part of the reading she gave at Ledbury Poetry Festival on 8 July 2016 following an interview with Maitreyabandu.

[05 November 2020]

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