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Sat 4th May at 7:00pm
Lyric Festival 2013
@ St George's Church, Sheffield
Featuring: Tishani Doshi, Priscila Uppal
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Lyric Festival 2013: Tishani Doshi, Priscila Uppal
Born in Madras, Tishani Doshi is an award-winning poet and dancer of Welsh-Gujarati descent, and performed with the choreographer Chandralekha on many international stages.
Her debut collection, Countries of the Body, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, was longlisted for the Orange Prize. In her second poetry collection, Everything Begins Elsewhere, she returns to the body as a central theme, but extends beyond the corporeal to challenge the more metaphysical borders of space and time.
These new poems are powerful meditations born on the joineries of life and death, union and separation, memory and dream, where lovers speak to each other across the centuries, and daughters wander into their mothers’ childhoods.
Priscila Uppal is a Canadian poet and fiction writer of South Asian descent. Born in Ottawa, she is Professor of Humanities and English at York University in Toronto. She gained an international reputation for her boldly provocative poetry in just a dozen years, since publishing her first collection, How to Draw Blood from a Stone, at the age of 23.
Noted for their startling imagery, unforgettable characters and visionary lines, her poems are exact and penetrating, yet surreal and deeply moving. Drawing from the scientific to the literary, the medical to the historical, Uppal is as concerned about the inheritance of the past as she is about the tragedies of the present, which makes her both a witness of the terrors and inconsistencies of the past and a messenger of an incomprehensible future.
Although this event if free, booking is essential. See www.sheffield.ac.uk/lyric/2013/booking to reserve free tickets.
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Venue: St George's Church
University of Sheffield
17 Mappin Street
S1 4DT 53.381222, -1.479572
→ Sheffield 14 min walk