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Apr 26 2018

Daljit Nagra talks multi-culturalism and Brexit ahead of Cúirt reading

'Coming from an Indian background, it was easy for me to relate to Irish poets'

THE AWARD-winning Anglo-Indian poet, Daljit Nagra, whose ebullient, sharp-witted poems have made him one of Britain’s most popular and acclaimed poets, reads from his work at the Town Hall Theatre this Saturday, as part of Cúirt.

Nagra's poems relate to the experience of Indians born in the UK, especially Indian Sikhs, and often employ language that imitates the English spoken by Indian immigrants whose first language is Punjabi, which some have termed "Punglish".

Nagra’s Sikh Punjabi parents came to Britain from India in the late 1950s, and he was born in 1966 and grew up in Yiewsley, near London’s Heathrow Airport. In 1982, the family moved to Sheffield where they bought a shop. It was not until Daljit was 19 that he first read a book of poetry – William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience – which inspired him to study English and, tentatively, to begin writing poetry of his own. It was not until he was 30 he began writing in earnest, following the encouragement he received at a workshop by poet Ruth Padel.

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