Workshops & Activities

Arundhathi Subramaniam Poetry Workshop on Identity

Part of London Literature Festival

Explore identity and belonging in a poetry workshop led by internationally celebrated Indian poet Arundhathi Subramaniam, who took part in Poetry International 2006.

Subramaniam guides participants through the process of making poetry as creativity and craft, to explore the question of identity. In a world on the brink, what are the cultural ties that bind us to a sense of belonging? And how can we capture those in the lines of a poem? With questions of cultural politics becoming increasingly divisive, Subramaniam charts the perennially challenging journey towards growing oneself.

Arundhathi Subramaniam lives in Bombay where she works as a writer, editor and curator. Bloodaxe published her first UK selection, Where I Live: New & Selected Poems in 2009, combining work from two Indian collections with new poems. Her latest collection, When God Is a Traveller (Bloodaxe Books, 2014), was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and was a Poetry Book Society Choice.

She has also written The Book of Buddha (Penguin, 2005) and Sadhguru: More Than a Life (Penguin, 2010), co-edited Confronting Love (Penguin, 2005), an anthology of Indian love poems in English, and edited Pilgrim's India: An Anthology (Penguin, 2011).

In 2006 she appeared at London's Poetry International festival and gave readings throughout Britain on a tour organised by the Poetry Society. She returned to London to read from her shortlisted collection at the TS Eliot Prize Readings in January 2015.

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
St Paul's Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Blue Side


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

need to know

£80 bundle tickets are available when purchasing two workshops within the Poetry International weekend.