Poet, artist and filmmaker Imtiaz Dharker is 2019’s Chester Literature Festival Guest Director and Artist in Residence.

Her poems and illustrations, inspired by Storyhouse and its communities, will be emblazoned across Storyhouse’s spaces creating an enormous poetry book.

Imtiaz has also curated four special events for this year’s Chester Literature Festival:

Imtiaz and Friends. Imtiaz is joined by celebrated and emerging artists for an evening of friends and poetry.  Featuring former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy with poets Keith HutsonMark PajakElla Duffy and Mollie Underwood.
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Raymond Antrobus. British-Jamaican poet Raymond Antrobus reads from his debut book The Perserverence. Ranging across history and continents, these poems operate in the spaces in between, their haunting lyrics creating new, hybrid territories.
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Andrew McMillan. Andrew McMillan’s debut collection physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. Raw and urgent, these poems are hymns to the male body – to male friendship and male love – muscular, sometimes shocking, but always deeply moving. Find out more.

The Gypsy, The Poet and The Dancer with David Morley. David Morley is a poet whose work often takes influence from his part-Romani background. On the final day of the Festival, David will be joined in The Kitchen by flamenco dancers from Deva Flamenco in a celebration of poetry and dance with gypsy roots. Find out more.

About Imtiaz

Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary film-maker. Awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014, recipient of the Cholmondley Award and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, her collections 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 and Over the Moon (Bloodaxe Books UK). 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 been Poet in Residence at Cambridge University Library, for Thresholds, and has recently completed a series of poems based on the Archives of St Paul’s Cathedral. 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.


Upcoming events

Saturday 9 November 8am Storyhouse

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