Poet Daljit Nagra in conversation with Smita Rajput Kamble
Venue: Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road N7 6PA
Date: Saturday 7 June 2014
Tickets: £8 full price, £6 students and unwaged
As part of Holloway Arts Festival 2014 Daljit Nagra and Smita Rajput Kamble will discuss the way in which his poetry, in collections such as Look We Have Coming to Dover! and Ramayanya: a Retelling, bridges the gaps between languages and creates new words and ways of expressing the inner emotional world.
Daljit Nagra was born and raised in West London, then Sheffield, and currently lives in Willesden where he works in a secondary school. His first collection, Look We Have Coming to Dover! won the 2007 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was short-listed for the Costa Poetry Award. In 2008 he won the South Bank Show / Arts Council Decibel Award. In recent years his second collection Tippoo Sultan’s Incredible White-Man Eating Tiger-Toy Machine!!! and his version of Ramayana were both short-listed for the TS Eliot Prize.
Smita Rajput Kamble works as a psychoanalytic therapist in Milton Keynes. Prior to this she studied English Literature and worked as a journalist and copywriter in India. During her travels in the Far East, she taught English in an Indonesian international school and worked as a sitcom writer for Singapore Television. Her interest in the psyche and unconscious processes led to a psychodynamic training after she immigrated to the UK. She is interested in understanding Indian culture (Anglo Indian and British Asian), cinema and art as well as the Indian socio-political landscape through a psychoanalytical lens.