Imtiaz Dharker Readings

Imtiaz Dharker Readings

'Her clear-eyed attention brings each subject dazzlingly into focus. She makes it look easy, this clarity and economy, but it is her deft phrasing, wit and grace that create this immediacy'. - Carol Ann Duffy

Imtiaz Dharker was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry for her fifth collection Over the Moon.  Her sixth, Luck is the Hook, is published by Bloodaxe on 29 March 2018. The book was given a pre-publication launch at Verve Poetry Festival in Birmingham on 15 February and was formally launched at St Paul's Cathedral in London on 13 April.  She will be reading at a number of festivals in 2018, including Cúirt International Festival of Literature and Newcastle Poetry Festival, with more appearances to be announced later in the year.

Imtiaz Dharker was The London Book Fair's first ever 'Poet of the Fair' in April 2018).  A five-minute interview Imtiaz gave to The London Book Fair can be read here.

Listen to her talk about and read from Luck is the Hook on Radio 4's Front Row here.



Monday, July 23, 2018,  8:30-9:30 pm, Auditorium, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh

Michael Longley & Imtiaz Dharker

Michael Longley has long been acknowledged as one of our greatest living poets, “a keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders” according to Seamus Heaney.  Among Michael’s honours are the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry and, most recently, the PEN Pinter Prize for Poetry in 2017. He has published 11 collections of poems, the latest of which, Angel Hill, was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize. Acclaimed poet, artist and documentary film-maker Imtiaz Dharker was born in Pakistan, raised in Glasgow and now lives between London and Mumbai. Awarded the Queen’s Medal for Poetry in 2014, her collections include The Terrorist at My Table, Leaving Fingerprints, Over the Moon and her latest, Luck is the Hook, all published by Bloodaxe Books.

Tickets: £10

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Edinburgh International Book Festival, Thursday 16 August 2018, 7-8pm, Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

Imtiaz Dharker & Zaffar Kunial: Britishness and Worldliness

Was British identity ever more fascinatingly complex? Queen's Gold Medal-winning poet Imtiaz Dharker presents Luck is the Hook, a collection which draws on themes of her own exile, displacement and quest for a sense of home. Zaffar Kunial, a rising star of British poetry, explores identity and his upbringing by an English mother and a Lahore-based Kashmiri father, in his debut collection Us.

£8.00, £6.00. Tickets go on sale at 8:30am on Tuesday 26 June.

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Ilkley Literature Festival, 28 September to 14 October 2018

Imtiaz Dharker will be Poet in Residence at Ilkley Literature Festival.  Tickets for the festival go on sale 29 August.

Read more about her role here.


Woodstock Poetry Festival, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, 9-11 November 2018

Imtiaz Dharker will be taking part in this year's Woodstock Poetry Festival. 

Full details to be announced soon:



Imtiaz Dharker read extracts from her long poem 'This Tide of Humber' on Radio 4's Front Row as part of the BBC Contains Strong Language Festival.  Click here to listen.

Click here to listen to Imtiaz  read her beautiful poem 'Thaw' from to mark the winter solstice on Front Row on 21 December 2017.  Both poems are now published in Luck is the Hook.

[16 July 2018]

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