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Our event at the House of Lords packed with readings, projects, awards and book launches was a great success.
From left:Bobby Nayyar, Usha Akella, Divya Mathur, Zata Banks, Baroness Prashar, Lord Parekh, Yogesh Patel (introducing Word Masala Foundation), Debjani Chatterjee, Priya Patel, Daljit Nagra, Shanta Acharya, Reginal Massey, Usha Kishore and Emma Wright
Poets who also attended and can’t be seen in this limited long shot are
Publishers who also attended and can’t be seen in this limited long shot are
Jane Commane, Jamie and Laura McGarry, Dr Todd Swift, Angela Jarman, C B Patel
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Reception at the Palace
Yogesh Patel with The Queen representing poetry and the Word Masala Foundation. The breadth of our work across is now internationally sought and enjoyed by many poets. The invitation at the Buckingham Palace was for the launch of UK-
were not forgotten in the cultural aspects where celebrity, fashion and business dominate.
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Word Masala announces
Usha Akella, Debjani Chatterjee
Kavita A. Jindal, Yogesh Patel
Lord Parekh & Lord Dholakia
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Nominations for the awards
Poets are primarily nominated by our present winners, the editor, the guest editors, and patrons of Word Masala. But we have a panel as well. 2018 panel is listed on our home page. This then leads to further consultation in the background with feedback received from a wider group. Reading their work becomes an important part of this process. The decision of the Director of Word Masala Non-
The awards are not automatic as we have a responsibility to acknowledge and celebrate the extra-
Our major event in 2017 took place
on 4 October at the National Poetry Library, Southbank
The Poetry and the literary establishment in the UK remain in denial of British Indian poets. Anyone can look at poetry magazines and also take in the audience at poetry events to distil the fact that these important contributors to English literature are utterly ignored. With this in mind, 4th October, 2017 was an important date when with the help of the British Council and the Poetry Library, Yogesh Patel, the director-
Yogesh Patel launched his own long awaited and critically acclaimed collection to be published on 1st November 2017, Swimming with Whales, available internationally from all bookshops and web portals. After reading from her own work, poet Dr Debjani Chatterjee introduced Yogesh Patel as “This is a man who not only writes his own poetry but has made it his mission to promote diaspora poets”. Yogesh Patel read a couple of his poems from this new collection with haunting whale music and sounds playing in the background.
The recording of this event is archived by the Poetry Library and Southbank
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Dr Vijay Anand (Confluence) and Chris McCabe (The Poetry Library) present Word Masala Awards to Bashabi Fraser and Rishi Dastidar
Under the Radar