Imtiaz Dharker's This Tide of Humber

Imtiaz Dharker's This Tide of Humber

Imtiaz Dharker participated in the BBC Contains Strong Language Festival as one of the designated Hull’17 Poets, an ensemble of exciting and innovative poets commissioned to create new work which will be premiered in the city over four days. The festival ran from Thursday 28 September (National Poetry Day) to Sunday 1 October 2017.

Imitaz Dharker's poem 'This Tide of Humber' was performed twice in Hull on Saturday 30 September 2017. JoinedUp Dance Company presented a new piece of contemporary dance inspired by Imtiaz Dharker’s specially commissioned poem.

A film showing Imtiaz Dharker working with the dancers and reading the poem can be seen here.  The poem will be broadcast on Radio 4 in full at a later date. It will also be included in her next collection Luck Is the Hook, which takes its title from a line in the poem.  A photo of the dancers in performance can be seen online at The Guardian here.



Breakfast, BBC Radio 3, Thursday 28 September 2017, 6.30-9am (and Friday 6 October)

The Festival was launched on Radio 3’s Breakfast on National Poetry Day, 28 September.  Imtiaz Dharker was interviewed by Petroc Trelawny and then read and spoke about her poem ‘Hiraeth, Old Bombay’ from her Queen's Gold Medal winning fifth collection Over the Moon.  Imtiaz Dharker read a poem from an earlier collecction as Breakfast’s Friday Poem feature on Friday, 6 October.

Click here to listen (available until 28 October 2017).  Forward to 1.18 to hear Imtiaz.

Click here to listen to Imtiaz reading in Breakfast's Friday Poem slot on 6 October (forward to 1:17 to hear the poem):


Front Row, BBC Radio 4, Friday 29 September 2017, 7.15pm

Imtiaz Dharker
was interviewed on this live edition of Front Row being broadcast from Hull in front of an audience.  She read an excerpt from ‘This Tide of Humber’.  This specially commissioned poem  will be broadcast in full on Radio 4 at a later date.  It was performed live twice at the Contains Strong Language festival in Hull on 30 September. It will also be included in her next collection Luck Is the Hook, which takes its title from a line in the poem.

Click here to listen. 

The Verb, BBC Radio 3, Friday 29 September 2017, 10pm

Imtiaz Dharker was interviewed on this live edition of Radio 3’s The Verb from Hull’s Contains Strong Language festival. 

‘Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's The Verb broadcasting live from Contains Strong Language, a season of Poetry and Performance from Hull, with a look at the poetry inspired by the city, including the 2017 new ' washing line' poems with Dean Wilson and Vicky Foster, and Imtiaz Dharker's new piece for the JoinedUp dance company.’

Imtiaz read an excerpt from ‘This Tide of Humber’ over the music that was especially composed for the dancers.  She then talked to Ian about the poem, and about what it what like to write for dancers.

The Verb is available for 30 days after broadcast and is downloadable as a podcast.  Imtiaz Dharker is the first item:

Hull 2017: Contains Strong Language, BBC Radio 4, Saturday 30 September 2017, 8pm

‘Live from Hull, Jeremy Irons and Julie Hesmondhalgh perform poetry inspired by the city and its poets. Presenter Lindsey Chapman leads the poetic journey through the city. Part of Contains Strong Language, the BBC's season of Poetry and Performance from Hull.’

An extract from Imtiaz Dharker’s new poem ‘This Tide of Humber’ was read as a duet by Julie Hesmondhalgh and Jeremy Irons.  From 8.09.

The programme concluded with Julie reading Grace Nichols’ poem ‘Outward from Hull’ from her 2009 Bloodaxe collection Picasso, I Want My Face Back.  From 54.12.

Click here to listen.

Imtiaz Dharker has written about ‘This Tide of Humber’ in The Rialto:

[16 October 2017]

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