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This Glorious Noise, a conception of poetry readings anchored in new books published, had its first outing at The National Poetry Library. Again, we bring together the reading by the Indian diaspora poets changing the landscape of English poetry. Not a book launch, but the audience will be able to relax and take a journey into varied themes and diaspora experiences that affect us daily. These powerful voices are not only redefining our presence as Indians abroad writing in English but are becoming a pride and a part of living history in the English and American literature.

Yogesh Patel was made recently a Poet-of-Honor in New York at the Matwaala Literary Festival. At Word Masala Foundation and Skylark Publications UK, funded by him, he supports diaspora poets. Debjani Chatterjee, MBE and now FRSL, helps to forge the change for our diaspora poets. At this event, Ravi Shankar flies in from New York to represent the international aspect of Word Masala Foundation. Kavita A. Jindal, along with Reshma Ruia, symbolises the power of the unity through the Whole Kahani collective. Jessica Mookherjee shows us how being a part of the writer’s co-operative can open doors. Together, This (is) Glorious Noise.

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Yogesh Patel has received the Freedom of the City of London and many awards as a poet with works appearing in many journals. His recent book is Swimming with Whales. He has written children’s books, films and recorded songs. His non-profit enterprises Skylark and Word Masala Foundation promote diaspora poets.

Debjani Chatterjee MBE, the RLF Fellow has been called ‘Britain’s best-known Asian poet’ (Elisabetta Marino). She is also a writer, translator and arts psychotherapist. Delhi-born, she now lives in Sheffield. Her 8 poetry collections include Namaskar: New & Selected Poems. A new collection is forthcoming from Hedgehog Press.

Pushcart Prize-winning poet and translator Ravi Shankar is author/editor of 13 books, including the Muse India award-winning Tamil translations of Andal, "The Autobiography of a Goddess." Published in the New York Times and Paris Review, he currently holds a research fellowship from the University of Sydney.

Kavita A. Jindal is a prize-winning writer whose work has appeared in literary journals worldwide and been broadcast on BBC Radio, Zee TV and European radio stations. She is the author of Patina and Raincheck Renewed. She has won the Brighthorse Novel Prize, the Foyles-Vintage ‘Murakami’ Prize and received the Word Masala Award.

Jessica Mookherjee, a poet of Bengali origin is widely published in journals and anthologies. She was highly commended for the best single poem in the Forward Prize 2017. Her first collection is Flood. Her second one, Tigress, published in July 2019. She is co-editor of Against the Grain Poetry Press.

Reshma Ruia is the author of two novels, Something Black in the Lentil Soupand A Mouthful of Silence, shortlisted for the SI Leeds Literary Prize. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in British and international publications and commissioned for radio. She is the co-founder of The Whole Kahani-a writers’ collective. Reshma will receive tonight her Word Masala Award for the debut collection to be published by Skylark in October.

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