Tishani Doshi Launch Readings

Tishani Doshi Launch Readings


‘The witty, wise and clear-eyed novelist, dancer and poet deploys both rage and sharp analysis covering issues from the precarious state of the environment to the treatment of women.’ – The Guardian (2021 in Books) on A God at the Door


Poet, novelist and dancer Tishani Doshi is launching her fourth collection A God at the Door with a series of  virtual readings organised by UK and Irish festivals. She read at StAnza,  Mountains to Sea, Cardiff Poetry Festival and Cúirt International Festival of Literature ahead of UK publication on 22 April 2021, and at Swindon Festival of Literature in May. A film of her joint Bloodaxe launch event on 20 April can be seen below, along with a stunning filmed reading she made for the Coronet Inside Out series.

In 2018 Tishani toured the UK and Ireland with readings and dance/spoken word performances for her third collection Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. The collection and her accompanying dance performance were shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2018.

Her previous two collections were Everything Begins Elsewhere, published by Bloodaxe in 2012, and her debut, Countries of the Body (Aark Arts) winner of the Forward Prize for best first collection. Her second novel, Small Days and Nights (Bloomsbury, 2019) was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize.


Tishani Doshi was interviewed for ‘The Holiday that Changed Me’ feature in The Telegraph’s Travel section on 2 January 2021.  Tishani wrote about how a student trip to Italy led to her becoming a poet. Click here to read.  Available in full by subscription.  Register to see a few articles for free.

Tishani was featured in Ars Notoria, along with three poems from her fourth collection A God at the Door.  Illustrated with photos of Tishani dancing the piece she devised to accompany her 2018 Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods tour.  Read the Poet of Honour feature here.

Ahead of her event at Mountains to Sea festival on 27 March 2021, Tishani shared her Life in Books with Ireland's Sunday Independent.  Read the feature here.

Tishani Doshi was interviewed on the BBC World Service's The Cultural Frontline on 27 March about the interplay between dance and poetry in her creative work.  Listen here (2nd item).

A God at the Door is reviewed in The Guardian's best recent poetry round-up for April 2021 here.

Two stunning shaped poems from the collection are featured in Bookanista here to mark publication on 22 April.




Wednesday 28 April 2021, Coronet Inside Out series, Coronet Theatre, Notting Hill, London

For Coronet Inside Out poet, novelist and dancer Tishani Doshi recorded these poems from Kodaikanal, a hill station in Tamil Nadu, from her fourth collection, A God at the Door, published by Bloodaxe Books on 22 April 2021. She says:

‘What I love about the Coronet is its sense of intimacy and other-worldliness. When you pass through the doors — whether it’s into the bar or to the theatre, there’s a sense of crossing over a threshold and entering into a different space – where you are connected with strangers, where transformations can happen. Most of the poems in my fourth collection, A God at the Door (Bloodaxe), have to do with this idea of connection and intimacy. For me the two touchstones are language and the body, the idea that any pilgrimage must lead back to ourselves, our bodies, but that we are in this together. Poems are bridges, they can connect our personal losses to public grief, they can also offer glimpses of beauty, humour & hope.’ – Tishani Doshi




Tuesday 20 April 2021, Bloodaxe Books poetry online, joint launch with Tishani Doshi, Dom Bury & Jenna Clake

This international launch reading by Dom Bury, Jenna Clake and Tishani Doshi celebrating the publication of their new poetry collections was live streamed on 20 April 2021. It is now available on YouTube - see below.
Owing to the time difference, Tishani Doshi's two readings and her discussion with Dom Bury were prerecorded at her home in India. Dom Bury joined live from Devon, and Jenna Clake from Newcastle upon Tyne, with editor Neil Astley hosting from his home in Northumberland.  Their readings were followed by a separate live discussion between Dom and Jenna. In their pre-recorded discussion, Tishani and Dom talked about the environmental matters that lie at the heart of their collections, as well as the importance of form, shape and control in their poetry.
Jenna reads first in each set, followed by Dom, then Tishani.


Poet and dancer Tishani Doshi toured the UK and Ireland in 2018 with readings and dance/spoken word performances for her third collection Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She devised the twenty-minute dance piece herself, and performed it to a recording of her reading the title poem (see film below). Tishani danced for many years with the renowned choreographer Chandralekha, with whom she performed internationally.

Tishani Doshi kicked off her UK & Irish tour with an interview on Radio 4's Front Row on Monday 21 May 2018. Listen here.

Read an interview with Tishani on the Bookanista website here


Tishani Doshi dances Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods at the Dylan Thomas Birthplace

Tishani Doshi performs her dance version of ‘Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods’ in the Dylan Thomas Birthplace, Swansea, in July 2018. Filmed by Gareth M Davies (www.seebehindthemoon.com). Poem read by her with music composed by Luca Nardon (www.lucanardon.it).

[08 February 2021]

Back to Poetry Events






View Larger Text