Exeter Poetry Festival: Beyond Borders with Moniza Alvi and Mimi KhalvatiEvent Website
The Festival traditionally features one or more celebrated poets whose writing reflects their international heritage. This year the Festival welcomes two outstanding award-winning British poets whose work is culturally enriched by their Pakistani and Iranian roots.
Pakistani-British poet and tutor MONIZA ALVI with three Bloodaxe-published collections nominated for the T.S. Eliot Prize: The Country at My Shoulder (1993) also shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award, Europa (2008), and At the Time of Partition (2013). Other collections with Bloodaxe include: Carrying my Wife (2000), Souls (2002), How the Stone Found Its Voice (2005), Split World: Poems 1990 – 2005, and Homesick for the Earth (2011).
Iranian-British poet, tutor, actor, director and founder of The Poetry School, MIMI KHALVATI is a prolific and courageous writer of poetry characterised by its melodic quality. She was 47 when her first book appeared, White Ink (Carcanet, 1991) since which time she has published seven further collections with Carcanet, winning an Arts Council Writers’ Award for Mirrorwork and recipient of a Cholmondely Award in 2006. Most recent collections include The Meanest Flower (2007) and Child: New and Selected Poems 1991 – 2011. One of the foremost exponents of the ghazal in English.