Tishani Doshi Interviews

Tishani Doshi Interviews

'In Girls are Coming out of the Woods, Tishani Doshi combines artistic elegance with a visceral power to create a breathtaking panorama of danger, memory, beauty and the strange geographies of happiness. This is essential, immediate, urgent work and Doshi is that rare thing, an unashamed visionary who knows that, "while you and I go on with life / remembering and forgetting, / the poets remain: singing, singing".' – John Burnside


Poet and dancer Tishani Doshi will be touring the UK and Ireland from May to August 2018 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 is of Welsh/Gujarati descent (this new collection is dedicated to her Welsh mother) and she currently lives on a beach in Tamil Nadu, Southern India.

Tishani Doshi has devised a new twenty-minute dance piece based on poems from the book, and has performed this twice in London and in Newcastle.  Tishani will be performing this  powerful and mesmerising dance sequence to her poem 'Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods' again at Dalkey Book Festival in  Ireland and at the Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Northern Ireland.  Tishani danced for many years with the renowned choreographer Chandralekha, with whom she performed internationally.  She gave a launch reading at the Hay Festival, and will be reading at Ledbury Poetry Festival and elsewhere.  Full details of her UK & Irish Tour are here.


The Verb, BBC Radio 3, Friday 8 June 2018, 10pm

Tishani Doshi was a guest on Radio 3’s The Verb on 8 June.  She was talking to Ian McMillan about her new collection Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods. She read the title poem and ‘Fear Management’ from the collection.

‘The poet Tishani Doshi reads from her new collection ‘Girls are coming out of the Woods’ (Bloodaxe). The powerful title poem asks what poetry can do in the face of violence, in this case the horrific violence against women in India, whilst celebrating the women who choose to live bravely and stand up to fear.’

Click here to listen. On BBC iPlayer until 8 July 2018. Available to download and keep. Tishani Doshi 1st item.


Guardian Podcast, online Friday 1 June 2018

Tishani Doshi was interviewed on the Guardian podcast with Claire Armitstead and Sian Cain, recorded at the Hay Festival.  She read the title poem from her new collection Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods and then spoke about the background to the poem.

‘The Indian poet Tishani Doshi spoke in a series of sessions at the Hay Festival this year. Claire was so impressed with her, after an event with Salman Rushdie, that she nabbed her to give us her take on the #MeToo movement by a reading of the title poem of her new collection.’ – Sian Cain

‘Poet Tishani Doshi gives an impassioned response to the problem of violence against women in India.’

Click here to listen.  Tishani Doshi features from 31.12.  



'Tishani Doshi’s Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods is an unflinching, tender, witty and wise collection of poems about danger, memory, beauty, time and tide, and transient but treasured joy. I catch up with her at the start of a marathon book tour that takes her from London and Newcastle to Ireland and Cornwall and many points in between.' - Mark Reynolds, Bookanista

Read the interview with Tishani Doshi on Bookanista here.



Front Row, BBC Radio 4, Monday 21 May 2018, 7.15pm

Poet & dancer Tishani Doshi kicked off her UK & Irish tour with an interview on Radio 4’s Front Row. She was talking about and reading from her new collection Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods.  Shei read her poem ‘When I Was Still a Poet’ in the introduction, and then read an extract from the opening poem ‘Contract’ in the main interview (with a bonus poem 'Ode to Patrick Swayze' on the podcast. 

‘Poet, writer, and dancer Tishani Doshi talks about her new poetry collection, The Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods, which was inspired in part by the murder of a close friend. The poems consider how women's bodies are treated, and explore themes of anger, love and loss as well as ways to find hope and strength in the modern world.’

Listen here.  Available to download as a podcast (Tishani reads an additional poem on the podcast).


Asian Network’s Big Debate: Live from the Hay Festival,
BBC Asian Network, Tuesday 29 May, 10am-12.30pm

BBC Asian Network News, one of the BBC’s digital radio stations, broadcast the Big Debate show live from the Hay Festival on Tuesday May 29. It aired from 10am-12.30pm and was presented by Qasa Alom.

Tishani Doshi had launched her new collection Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods with a reading earlier on at the Hay Festival, and was about to host an ‘in conversation’ event with Salman Rushdie about his new novel after this interview aired.  She was interviewed live about her poetry and writing.

Tishani read her poem ‘Grandmothers Abroad’ and, near the end of the programme, she read and spoke about ‘Clumps of Happiness’. Both poems are from her new collection.  She spoke about the oral tradition of poetry and how that links to the current trend for spoken word nights.

‘Finally, award-winning poet Tishani Doshi reads some of her work and explains why she chooses poetry to express herself.’

Click here to listen.  Availble on BBC iplayer for 30 days after broadcast.  (Tishani interviewed from 2:11:45 and again at 2:25:32)


[11 June 2018]

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