Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary film-maker. Awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014, a 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 UK to more than 25,000 students a year.
Dharker 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 eleven solo exhibitions of drawings in India, London, New York, Hong Kong and France.
Dharker 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.
‘If there were to be a World Laureate, then for me the role could only be filled by Imtiaz Dharker.’ Carol Ann Duffy