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'A God at the Door': Tishani Doshi reading and in conversation with John Challis

Date/Time: Tuesday 20th July 2021, 6pm to 7pm

Venue: Via YouTube - details to be sent on booking

NCLA and the GemArts Masala Festival are pleased to welcome the award-winning poet and dancer, Tishani Doshi. Born in Madras, India, Tishani is of Welsh-Gujarati descent and has published four collections of poetry and two novels. Her first collection, Countries of the Body, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and her most recent novel, Small Days and Nights (Bloomsbury, 2019), was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize.

Tishani will be reading from her new book, A God at the Door (Bloodaxe, 2021), a collection of poems that bestows power on the powerless, deploys beauty to heal trauma, and enables the voices of the oppressed to be heard with piercing clarity. From flightless birds and witches, to black holes and Marilyn Monroe, A God at the Door illuminates with lines and images that surprise, inflame and dazzle.

'The poems of Tishani Doshi’s A God at the Door operate on the grand scale, reaching for visionary responses to their often troubling subjects. They etch articulate outrage deftly on to ecological backdrops... everywhere these poems are caustic and comic in turn, “unbelted, unbuttoned”, shimmering and bright. Though “hope is a booby trap” in the war-ravaged landscapes, it is nevertheless offered up and renewed throughout this stunning and ambitious collection.' Aingeal Clare, The Guardian

After the reading, Tishani will be in conversation about her poetry with John Challis, Research Associate at Newcastle University, and author of The Resurrectionists (Bloodaxe, 2021).

Free live online event and all welcome.

GemArts Masala Festival (17th to 25th July) presents a mix of the finest South Asian arts and culture from venues, places and spaces across the North East.  A stellar programme of international collaborations, award winning poets, new commissions, workshops, talks and incredible music, dance and visual arts spanning traditional and contemporary genres, Masala Festival has something for everyone! 

Check out the full GemArts Masala Festival programme at  

Tishani Doshi and A God at the Door book cover
Tishani Doshi