A Portrait of... Imtiaz Dharker
HALF-HOUR RADIO 4 FEATURE ON IMTIAZ DHARKER REBROADCAST ON BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA
Poetry Extra: A Portrait of… Imtiaz Dharker, BBC Radio 4 Extra, Sunday 11 June 2023, 6am, 11am, 5pm & 12am on 12 June 2023
Daljit Nagra, host of Poetry Extra, chose to rebroadcast a beautiful BBC Radio 4 feature which was recorded during the painting of Imtiaz Dharker’s portrait. Daljit introduced the rebroadcast by speaking about Imtiaz’s work with GCSE Poetry Live!, and all the other work she does to promote poetry.
The programme is a ‘joyous conversation’ between Imtiaz Dharker and artist Fiona Graham Mackay recorded over the months it took for Imtiaz’s portrait to be painted. The conversations between artist and subject – who is also an artist - formed a half-hour radio feature that was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 13 June 2016. The original broadcast was a BBC Radio 4 Pick of the Week choice on 19 June 2016. Imtiaz read her poems 'This room' from I Speak for the devil, as well as 'The Conversation' and 'Invisible' from Over the Moon.
‘Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's poetry archive and selects A Portrait Of...Imtiaz Dharker. Follow artist Fiona Graham-Mackay as she paints a portrait of the poet, artist and documentary film-maker.’
Details on BBC Sounds here. The BBC Radio 4 Extra rebroadcast is no longer available to listen to, but the original 2016 broadcast is still available on BBC Sounds. A gallery shows the finished portrait, along with the preliminary drawings, together with Imtiaz Dharker.
A Portrait of… Imtiaz Dharker, BBC Radio 4, Monday 13 June 2016, 4pm - a BBC Radio 4 Pick of the Week choice
The poet Imtiaz Dharker has her portrait painted by artist Fiona Graham Mackay. The sessions were recorded, and made into a half-hour radio feature broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 13 June 2016. Previous subjects include the former poet laureate Andrew Motion.
‘We follow artist Fiona Graham-Mackay as she paints the portrait of poet, artist and documentary film-maker Imtiaz Dharker. Born in Pakistan and raised in Glasgow, Imtiaz was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014. She writes about freedom, cultural intolerance, gender politics, love and loss. Fellow poet Carol Ann Duffy has said, "If there were to be a World Laureate, then for me the role could only be filled by Imtiaz Dharker."’
This programme was a Radio 4 Pick of the Week on 19 June 2016. It was rebroadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra's Poetry Extra on 11 June 2023.
[13 July 2016]