Tishani Doshi Interviews
'I’ve already read Tishani Doshi’s poetry collection Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods but I know I’ll return to it many times. One of the poems talks about poets ‘holding the throat of life/ till all the sunsets and lies are choked out/ till only the bones of truth remain’ - that’s precisely what Doshi does in this intelligent, elegant, unflinching collection. It’s very much a collection for this moment in history, but one that will endure long past it. ' - Kamila Shamsie, The Guardian (Best Summer Books 2018)
Poet and dancer Tishani Doshi is 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 devised a new twenty-minute dance piece based on poems from the book, and has performed this in London, Newcastle and at the Dalkey Book Festival in Ireland. Tishani also performed this powerful and mesmerising dance sequence to her poem 'Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods' at the Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Northern Ireland and Wales. 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 read at Ledbury Poetry Festival in July. She'll be reading with John Burnside at Edinburgh International Book Festival in August. Full details of her UK & Irish Tour are here.
GUARDIAN PODCAST INTERVIEW
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.
RADIO 4 INTERVIEW WITH TISHANI DOSHI
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).
Tishani also gave interviews to Radio 3's The Verb, Radio Ulster's The Arts Show and to BBC Asian Network's Big Debate (Live from the Hay Festival). No longer available to listen to online.
[02 August 2018]