Girls Are Coming out the Woods
An evening of poetry and conversation with Tishani Doshi
Wednesday 30 May
Girls are coming out of the woods,
wrapped in cloaks and hoods,
carrying iron bars and candles
and a multitude of scars, collected
on acres of premature grass and city
buses, in temples and bars.
So starts Tishani Doshi’s Girls Are Coming of the Woods (Bloodaxe). Tishani comes to Tara straight from the Hay Festival, where her latest book will be launched, for this special event with Kamila Shamsie.
Born in Madras, India, Tishani is an acclaimed poet, journalist and dancer. The daughter of a Welsh mother and a Gujarati father, Tishani deals critically with issues of being a woman, aging, sexuality, loss and violence.
She is the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award for Poetry, winner of the All-India Poetry Competition, and her first book, Countries of the Body, won the prestigious Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2006. Tishani's debut novel, The Pleasure Seekers (Bloomsbury), was shortlisted for the Hindu Literary Prize and long-listed for the Orange Prize.
The author will be performing some of her poetry, and will then be in conversation with novelist Kamila Shamsie.
This event is part of 'I'll Say It Again! A season of work by women artists' - a month-long festival of events including theatre, music, poetry and dance, celebrating the centenary of women's suffrage in the UK.