Imtiaz Dharker

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Imtiaz Dharker describes herself as a Scottish Muslim Calvinist, having been born in Pakistan and raised in a Lahori household in Glasgow. She has spent most of her adult life in Mumbai and now divides her time between Mumbai and London. One of India’s most distinguished poets, she is also a documentary film-maker and an artist, having shown solo exhibitions in the UK, India and Hong Kong.

She is the author of five poetry collections: Purdah and Other Poems (1988); Postcards from God (1997); I Speak for the Devil (2001); The Terrorist at My Table (2006) and Leaving Fingerprints (2009), all of which also include her own drawings. All her poetry shares themes of home, freedom, journeys, geographical and cultural displacement, communal conflict and gender politics.

Imtiaz also tours regularly with Poetry Live, which provides an opportunity for GCSE pupils in England and Wales to see and hear live performances from a selection of the poets they are studying.

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