Poetry Reading: Debjani Chatterjee

Wednesday 26 July 2017, 6 – 6.30pm, FREE

Debjani Chatterjee

Come and enjoy a reading by acclaimed Yorkshire and international poet Debjani Chatterjee MBE, who has been called ‘a national treasure’ (Barry Tebb), ‘a voice of rare originality’ (David Morley) and ‘full of wit and charm’ (Andrew Motion).

Chatterjee has compiled this collection of poems from over 65 poetry books, plays and anthologies in response to our major exhibition Howard Hodgkin: Painting India. She will share new poems as well as some of her best-loved works, which interrogate India and the Indo-British encounter.

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About the author

Debjani Chatterjee's books include Animal Antics and Monkey King’s Party for children, and I Was That Woman and Namaskar: new and selected poems for adults.

Her acclaimed anthologies include Barbed Lines, Let’s Celebrate! festival poems from around the world, Masala, Rainbow World, A Slice of Sheffield, Generations of Ghazals and The Redbeck Anthology of British South Asian Poetry, described as recording ‘a seismic shift in British culture’.

Her works have been translated into several languages.

Chatterjee's many awards include the Peterloo poetry prize, Muse India’s poetry translation first prize, Sheffield Hallam University’s honorary doctorate for ‘outstanding contribution to literature, the arts and community service’ and an MBE in 2008. In 2012 she was an Olympic Torchbearer in the arts and culture category.

A former Arts Council literature adviser and translations panel chair, she also chaired the National Association of Writers in Education. She is patron of Survivors’ Poetry, co-chair of the mental-health charity Hyphen-21, founder of The Healing Word and Sahitya Press, and associate editor of Pratibha India. Chatterjee has been writer-in-residence at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum and Ilkley Litfest.