Tishani Doshi

Tishani Doshi was born in Madras, India, in 1975. She received her masters in writing from Johns Hopkins University and worked in London in advertising before returning to India in 2001. At the age of twenty-six, an encounter with the legendary choreographer Chandralekha led her to an unexpected career in dance. In 2006, her book of poemsCountries of the Body won the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection in the UK. She is also the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award for poetry and winner of the All-India Poetry Competition. Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers (Bloomsbury), was published to critical acclaim in 2010 and has been translated into several languages. It was long-listed for the Orange Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and short-listed for the Hindu Literary Prize. Her most recent books are a collection of poems,Everything Begins Elsewhere (Bloodaxe, Copper Canyon Press), and a retelling of a myth from the Mabinogion,Fountainville (Seren). Doshi now divides her time between a village by the sea in South India, and elsewhere. www.tishanidoshi.com


The Dylan Thomas International Literary Residency 2014

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