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 Cuirt, 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 on Radio 4's Front Row here.



Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Thursday 26 April 2018, 1pm

Cúirt International Festival of Literature has announced highlights of the 2018 festival. Contributors to the 33rd Cúirt International Festival of Literature include Winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, Imtiaz Dharker

Pakistani-born British poet and artist, Imtiaz Dharker, will read from her new poetry collection Luck is the Hook, which is published in March 2018.  Dharker is an award-winning poet and also an accomplished artist; all her collections are illustrated with her drawings, which form an integral part of her books. An exhibition of her drawings will be on display during the festival.

Imtiaz will be reading alongside fellow Bloodaxe poet Pasacale Petit, whose 7th collection Mama Amazonica, Poetry Book Society Choice for Autumn 2017, was published in September 2017.

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Newcastle Poetry Festival, Newcastle upon Tyne, Friday 4 May 2018, 4.15-5.15pm

Northern Stage | Stage 2 | £7.50/£5 (students)

Imtiaz Dharker, Sasha Dugdale and Karen McCarthy Woolf

Imtiaz Dharker will be reading at Newcastle Poetry Festival alongside two poets who have edited anthologies for Bloodaxe: Sasha Dugdale and Karen McCarthy Woolf.

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Poetry Festival Berlin, 26 May 2018


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.

[23 April 2018]

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