A Poem for the month of May

The day the gutters overflowed / I left Kotapuram Port I’ve dug out an old poem first published in 2012: It was in May. The sky poured. The day the gutters overflowed I left Kotapuram Port. Abandoned on the platform were black trunks and tan suitcases forsaken to...

Scenes from Bucharest

Literature Translation Masterclasses, Bucharest University The week flew by between long teaching sessions and evening events. In between, we were hosted at wonderful restaurants. The full programme and plenty of candid shots are available on Facebook at the Lidia...

Bucharest in Spring & the Joys of Translation

On a drizzly spring day I’m looking ahead to next week in Bucharest teaching Literature Translation Masterclasses at The University of Bucharest. I’ve been involved with the translation programme there since 2009 when I worked on polishing the English translations for...

100 Great Indian Poems

// how many paise for each brown glass bottle, how much for each tin can // I’m delighted that my poem Kabariwala features in “100 Great Indian Poems”, now available to order. This anthology is unique for its selected translations of Indian poetry in 27 languages...

OPTIMISM

One of the ‘firsts’ for me this year was the commercial installation of my short poem Optimism. It has had the most amazing reactions. That’s made me look at the poem in a new light and read it to boost myself after disappointments. Considering I’d ignored this poem...