Imtiaz Dharker Readings

Imtiaz Dharker Readings

'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, is published by Bloodaxe on 29 March 2018. The book was given a pre-publication launch at Verve Poetry Festival in Birmingham on 15 February and was formally launched at St Paul's Cathedral in London on 13 April.  She will be reading at a number of festivals in 2018, including Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Newcastle Poetry Festival and Edinburgh International Book Festival, with appearances at Durham Book Festival, Ilkley and Woodstock Festivals to follow.

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.

Listen to her talk about and read from Luck is the Hook on Radio 4's Front Row here (scroll down) and to hear her other radio appearances and interviews.



Durham Book Festival, Schools Events, Wednesday 10 October 2018, 11am-12pm

A Morning of Poetry with Imtiaz Dharker

A schools event held at Durham Johnston Comprehensive School.  Imtiaz was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014, and reads with other poets at Poetry Live! events all over the country to more than 25,000 students a year. For a number of years now, her poems have been taught on the UK national curriculum.

Tickets: £4 per child (for all events), Teachers and adult helpers go free!

Suitable for ages 12+ / KS3, KS4 and KS5

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Ilkley Literature Festival, 28 September to 14 October 2018

Imtiaz Dharker will be Poet in Residence at Ilkley Literature Festival.  Tickets for the festival go on sale 29 August.

Read more about her role here.


Woodstock Poetry Festival, Sunday 11 November 2018, 5.30pm

The Woodstock Bookshop, 23 Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxon  OX21 1TH

Isabel Galleymore, Abigail Parry & Imtiaz Dharker

Imtiaz Dharker is reading at this year's Woodstock Poetry Festival on November 11 with Isabel Galleymore (Carcanet) and fellow Bloodaxe poet Abigail Parry, whose debut collection Jinx is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

Tickets £10

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Imtiaz Dharker read extracts from her long poem 'This Tide of Humber' on Radio 4's Front Row as part of the BBC Contains Strong Language Festival.  Click here to listen.

Click here to listen to Imtiaz  read her beautiful poem 'Thaw' from to mark the winter solstice on Front Row on 21 December 2017.  Both poems are now published in Luck is the Hook.

[22 August 2018]

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