Tishani Doshi UK & Irish Tour: May-Aug 18

Tishani Doshi UK & Irish Tour: May-Aug 18


Poet and dancer Tishani Doshi is touring the UK and Ireland with readings and dance/spoken word performances of her third collection Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. This book follows on from Everything Begins Elsewhere, published by Bloodaxe in 2012, and her debut, Countries of the Body, winner of the Forward Prize for best first collection.

Tishani Doshi has devised a new twenty-minute dance piece based on poems from the book, and has already performed this in London, Newcastle and at the Dalkey Book Festival near Dublin.  Further performances of this powerful and mesmerising dance sequence will take place in Northern Ireland and Wales.  Tishani danced for many years with the renowned choreographer Chandralekha, with whom she performed internationally.  Her launch reading was held at the Hay Festival on 28 May (with Owen Sheers), and Tishani also hosted an 'in conversation' event with Salman Rushdie about his new novel.

Tishani Doshi kicked off her UK & Irish tour with an interview on Radio 4's Front Row on Monday 21 May, 7.15pm. Listen here.

Read an interview with Tishani on the Bookanista website here.  Links to more interviews are on Bloodaxe's website here.

She was interviewed on Radio 3's The Verb on Friday 8 June, 10pm.  Listen here (until 8 July) or download podcast to keep.



Tuesday 19 June 2018, 6pm, University of Central Lancashire

Brook Building 016, Brook Building CC Lan, Victoria Street, Preston PR1 7QR

Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods: Tishani Doshi

Reading and discussion by Indian-Welsh dancer and poet Tishani Doshi.

Free event.


Tuesday 26 June, Poems of a Decade, Friends House, London

Conference: Poems of the Decade 2018 – emagazine Student Conference, in Partnership with Forward Arts Foundation

With poets Tishani Doshi, Daljit Nagra, Ian Duhig and Leontia Flynn, Sarah Crown and Sinéad Morrissey, Katy Lewis (Edexcel), plus performance poet Harry Baker to end the day.

This is now full. Click here to be put on a waiting list.


Saturday 30 June, Seamus Heaney HomePlace, The Helicon, Bellaghy, Northern Ireland, 2pm

In this unique event, Tishani will perform several of her poems and talk about her work as a dancer and writer with Gail McConnell.

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Ledbury Poetry Festival, Wednesday 4 July, 7-8pm, Market Theatre

Tishani Doshi will be reading at Ledbury alongside fellow Bloodaxe poet Pascale Petit, whose 7th collection Mama Amazonica won the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018.

Tickets: £9.50

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Thursday 5 July, 7-8.30pm, Keats House, London

10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR

Three Bloodaxe Women

Indian poet and dancer Tishani Doshi will be reading from her new collection Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods at Keat's House. Doshi is joined by London-based Bloodaxe poets, Amy Key, sharing poems from her second book, Isn't Forever, a Poetry Book Society Wild Card Choice, and Abigail Parry, reading from debut, Jinx, which is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

Free, but booking recommended.

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Friday 6 July, 7.30-9pm, Clyne Farm Centre, Westport Avenue, Mayals, Swansea SA3 5AR, Wales

Tishani Doshi & Steve Balsamo present a special evening of poetry, music and dance from around the world

Poet, writer, and dancer Tishani Doshi was born in India, to Welsh and Gujarati parents. Since 2001 she has been the lead dancer in the Chandralekha Troupe, performing on stages across the world from Tokyo, Taiwan, Champaner, Bhopal, Bombay, Munich, Calcutta, Toronto, Frankfurt, Salzburg, Sydney, and Madras.

Steve Balsamo is a Welsh singer, best known for playing the lead role in the London production of Jesus Christ Superstar leading to a memorable headline: "The Son of God is Welsh!"
Balsamo is also prolific songwriter and has had hits in Europe and Australia with artists such as Meat Loaf, Anthony Callea, Jonatan Cerrada, and Slash of Guns N' Roses. With his band The Storys he has supported Tom Jones, Santana, Celine Dion, Sinéad O'Connor, Runrig, Van Morrison, Katie Melua, and also Elton John on two European tours.

At the end of the evening Tishani will be interviewed for a Q & A by renowned writer and journalist Alun Gibbard.

A bar serving alcohol, soft drinks, and Welsh & Indian snacks will be open from 6pm, and also after the performance.

£10 (£9 concessions) in advance. £12 on door.

To book your tickets call 01792 403333 or Click here to book.

Friday 27 July 2018, Port Eliot Festival, St Germans, Cornwall

Venue: Walled Garden, The Poetry Stage

Tishani Doshi will be performing spoken word/ dance at the Port Eliot Festival.

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Edinburgh International Book Festival, Monday 20 August 2018, 4-5pm, Garden Theatre

John Burnside & Tishani Doshi: Profound, Essential Poetry

John Burnside is one of our most decorated poets. A winner of the T S Eliot and Forward Prizes, his latest collection, Still Life with Feeding Snake, is typically profound, haunting and mysterious. He's joined by Indian poet and dancer Tishani Doshi, whose new collection Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods was described as 'essential, immediate, urgent work' by Burnside himself. Prepare for a breathtaking hour of verse.

£12.00, £10.00: Tickets go on sale at 8:30am on Tuesday 26 June.

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[18 June 2018]

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