Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary film-maker. Her collections of poems include Purdah (Oxford University Press), Postcards from god, I speak for the devil and The terrorist at my table (all published by Penguin India and Bloodaxe Books UK), Leaving Fingerprints (Bloodaxe Books UK) and Over the Moon (September 2014, Bloodaxe Books UK). Recipient of the Cholmondeley Award and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, her poems are on the British GCSE and A Level English syllabus, and she reads with other poets at Poetry Live! events all over the country to more than 25,000 students a year. She has had ten solo exhibitions of drawings in India, London, New York and Hong Kong. She scripts and directs films, many of them for non-government organisations in India, working in the area of shelter, education and health for women and children.
‘If there were to be a World Laureate, then for me the role could only be filled by Imtiaz Dharker.’ Carol Ann Duffy