August 13 2019: This Glorious Noise 2, Nehru Centre London. Word Masala award for debut poetry collection.
April 22 2019. Verbose Manchester.
Headline Act at the Open Mic night. Poetry and flash fiction on the theme of Rebirth.
100 Voices for 100 Years throws the spotlight on narratives created and told by women.
100 female writers share their personal stories of achievement in an anthology edited by Miranda Roszkowski. My essay on ‘The Writer as Mother’ explores how motherhood can both enrich and stultify the creative impulse.
The project brings together a diverse community of female identifying writers and storytellers from around the country. The resulting collection is a treasure trove of thoughts on what it is like to be a woman in the UK in 2019.
The stories are as varied as the women involved in the project; funny, profound, everyday, life-changing.
October 30 2018: Poetry and Diwali talk at Deloittes Diwali Dinner. Science Museum. Read Mrs Basu leaves town. Dinner Party in the Home Counties.
Mrs Basu leaves town
Mrs Basu crouches in her seat at the airport gate
Chewing rat-like the ends of her sari
Bullet voices ricochet around
She grins confused like a fool
A police woman scowls
Bare white legs pimpled with cold
Throw us a smile Mrs Basu thinks
Her bladder aches
Eyes sting from lack of sleep
She’d never wanted to leave her village far behind
It was her nephew’s daft idea to make some money
Now her life-savings gone fed into
The hungry pocket of the middleman
Curled like a foetus living behind the kitchen door
Minding a stranger’s child when she should be home
Sitting in the courtyard oiling her daughter’s hair
Illegal alien to be deported Section 3(c)
The policewoman snarls
‘I have a name’ Mrs Basu shouts, ‘Kamala Basu tenth class pass’
Her mouth twists in anger
But she pats her heart and whispers ‘Be glad’
They hustle her to the back of the waiting plane
Where passengers fidget glower and swear
Strapped in her seat Mrs Basu lets out a sigh
She is finally going home
June 25 2018: Flash fiction Headliner. Fallow Café. Organised by Verbose Manchester. Read: A Birthday Cake
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