Imtiaz Dharker Readings

Imtiaz Dharker Readings


‘Imtiaz Dharker’s poetry shines a light in the dark… You cannot hear her perform without being somehow transformed by the experience. Witty, wise, profound and moving, her work crosses continents. Carol Ann Duffy once said if there was to be a world laureate, it would be Dharker. Agreed.’ – Jackie Kay, The Guardian

 

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.   Imtiaz  was poet-in-residence at the London Book Fair in April 2018, and read at a number of festivals in 2018, including Cúirt International Festival of Literature (as a headline poet), Newcastle Poetry Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Durham Book Festival (Schools event) and Ilkley Literature Festival, at which she was Poet-in-Residence. She was 'In Conversation' at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival and read at the Woodstock Poetry Festival in November. Imtiaz Dharker was a headline poet at StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival, in March 2019.

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.  She was also  Poet in Residence at Ilkley Literature Festival in October 2018.

Links to interviews and radio features with Imtiaz Dharker are here.

Imtiaz Dharker is Chester Literature Festival Guest Director and Artist in Residence for November and December 2019.

'This year award-winning poet, filmmaker and artist Imtiaz Dharker joins Storyhouse as artist in residence with her brand-new striking poem entitled 'Storyhouse': inspired by Dharker’s visit to the building and the community she met there. The poem will be emblazoned across Storyhouse’s spaces alongside stunning hand-drawn illustrations. It explores shelter, hope and rebirth, forgiveness and the strength that can be found with a sense of community and belonging.'

Imtiaz will also be giving a reading with Carol Ann Duffy and friends on 22 November - details below.

 

READINGS BY IMTIAZ DHARKER IN 2019

Saturday 9 November to Monday 30 December 2019, Storyhouse, Chester

Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR

Poet, artist and filmmaker Imtiaz Dharker is 2019’s Chester Literature Festival Guest Director and Artist in Residence.

Her new poem and accompanying illustrations, inspired by Storyhouse and its communities, has been emblazoned across Storyhouse’s spaces creating an enormous poetry book.

Imtiaz has also curated four special events for this year’s Chester Literature Festival, including the reading Imtiaz Dharker & Friends on 22 November.

For more information about Imtiaz's residency, see here.

 

Friday 22 November, 7.30pm, Theatre, Storyhouse, Chester

Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR

Imtiaz Dharker & Friends: Carol Ann Duffy, Keith Hutson, Mark Pajak, Ella Duffy, Molly Underwood

Poet, artist and filmmaker Imtiaz Dharker is this year’s festival’s guest director and artist in residence. Her poems and illustrations, inspired by Storyhouse and its communities, have been emblazoned across Storyhouse’s spaces creating an enormous poetry book.

Dharker has also curated four special events including Imtiaz Dharker and Friends.  This will be headlined by both Dharker and former poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.  Keith Hutson will be reading from his Bloodaxe debut Baldwin's Catholic Geese.

£15 (plus £1.50 booking fee)

Click here to book.
 

 

POETRY LIVE! READINGS

Poetry Live! events: full details here.

Friday 22 November, 10am,  Poetry Live Brighton

Wednesday 27 November
Poetry Live Bath

29 November
Poetry Live London

2 Dec
Poetry Live Manchester

5 Dec
Poetry Live Leeds

Poetry Live! events: full details here.

 

'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


[03 October 2019]


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