Bath Spa Live presents....
Come to hear the excellent and well-awarded UK poet Daljit Nagra read from his varied and culturally saturated body of work. Entertaining, mischievous and insightful, he is never a reader to miss!
The British Museum, Daljit Nagra’s newest collection released in 2017 from Faber & Faber and his third original volume, is deemed a departure from the poet’s recognisable style in earlier collections. The Guardian observes that a number of poems ‘showcase Nagra’s established facility for dissecting the personal, as the cultural pressures of a dual heritage,’ but it is the ‘more avowedly political poems that British Museum finds the poet breaking new ground.’
Daljit Nagra was born and brought up in West London and Sheffield. In 2004 his poem Look We Have Coming to Dover! won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem, and his first collection of the same name won the 2007 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. In 2008 he won the South Bank Show/Arts Council Decibel Award. In 2003, he won the Smith/Doorstop pamphlet competition with Oh my Rub!, under the pseudonym Khan Singh Kumar. Tippoo Sultan's Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine!!! (2011) and Ramayana (2013), Nagra’s imaginative retelling of the devotional epic significant to his Punjab heritage, were both shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize.
He is currently Poet in Residence at BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra.