• 03

    “Not a Pretension to Godliness,” the introductory poem of my new manuscript, was just published in the inaugural issue of the Black Rabbit Review. Have a read here.

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    I’m super excited to be reading new poems alongside one of my favorite poets and people. After 2 1/2 years and at least five cities of poeming together, this is the first time Akhil Katyal and I are doing an event together, and we would love for you to come listen.

    7 PM, on 7th April, at Hearken cafe, a lovely space run by hearing impaired folks in Shahpur Jat. Come for the poems, stay for the food, and don’t forget to say hello afterwards 

    There is no charge, but we will be putting out a donation box to support Hearken. More details can be found at the Facebook event here

  • 03

    Just to let you all know that my poet self and my social entrepreneur self will be meeting each other on Friday, 9th November, at the Anandini Tea Room in Shahpur Jat for a panel entitled “Culture Creators of Change.”

    According to the organisers, Bitgiving and Ashoka Fellowship, “the conversation will be structured around how various mediums of popular culture – art, books, movies, spoken word, storytelling, music, theatre, art, etc. – can be/are really effective tools for shifting mindsets, changing behaviours, and even influencing policy towards the greater good.”

    If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, here is a link to the Facebook event!

  • 13

    So, it’s been a while since I advertised a writing workshop here because they have been filling up before I get around to it. But it looks like there are fewer takers for poetry, so here we go 🙂

    As part of the whole Global Poetry Month thing, I’m planning to do an Introduction to Poetic Craft Writing Workshop on the 23rd and 24th of April, 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The workshop venue is close to the Green Park metro station on the Yellow line.

    We will do 4 workshop sessions of 2 1/2 hours each, looking first at image and metaphor, then at music and meter, then visual elements such as line and stanza breaks and the use of white space, and then bringing these elements together into writing ghazals. You will read and write in each session, in addition to having some more formal craft conversations, but we will not be doing in-depth poem critiques, only first responses to each other’s writing. My goals are for you to walk away with the beginnings of 3-4 poems, a deeper understanding of poetic craft, some new writing buddies, and a renewed love of words! 

    The total cost, including lunch, tea, coffee etc. on both days, is 5000 per person, although I’m open to need-based fee reductions, so talk to me if you cannot afford this. I have 3-4 open seats, so do get in touch before Friday the 15th if you are interested, and we’ll figure out details accordingly. If you are interested, you can message me through the form below:

      [contact-form to=’aditiwriterly@gmail.com’ subject=’Interested in Poetry Workshop on 23rd/ 24th April’][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Phone Number’ type=’text’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]
  • 03

    The Hindu Businessline just did a lovely piece on contemporary Indian English poetry, and I’m honoured that my work finds space in it:

    What is most impressive about The Fingers Remember is that it never confuses sentimentality with true-blue emotion. Rao is a seasoned traveller who knows that wide-eyed, unfettered dreamscapes hit home all the better when balanced with strategic infusions of hard-nosed pragmatism. At the end of the poem ‘Not being a man, I bleed like this’, she says,

    “On the highway, sitting ghoda-taang on the motorcycle/ behind the man I love — no one to notice. Closer/ to the village, side saddle. A woman you can trust/ to educate your daughters. I will live in between.”

    On the eve of the book’s release, Rao’s publisher, Arpita Das (founder of Yoda Press), described the discovery of this rising star: “Aditi sent us her manuscript early in 2013. I remember I was on the verge of taking that final decision about closing Yodakin (my bookstore) and was down in the dumps, and happened to unwrap this magical manuscript, which lifted my spirits immediately. Her poetry is haunting, imbued by such a deep sense of loss and anguish (and you just know that she has felt every bit of it) — and yet so reassuring, just to know that such anguish is felt by others and can be so exquisitely expressed.”

    Read the full article here

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    “I read these poems at home, at work, on the metro, even on various DTC buses in the relentless May heat (the subject of a very short poem in this collection, incidentally). Not once did the poet allow my concentration to wander. It feels a little weird to call this a debut book. One reason is that it includes poems that I read for the first time years ago. But the other, more important reason is this: rarely do you come across a debut that is so assured in its style that you think you’re reading someone with 20-odd books under their belt.”

    So. A Facebook message I hadn’t noticed in my “others” folder just brought this lovely review of the Fingers Remember to my notice. From the Sunday Guardian. From May 2015. Umm. Clearly, I need to get more on top of following my little book’s journey into the big wide world!

    Here it is now, though.

    PS: Just to put it out there, I am the kind of poet who would _love_ to have a random person in a bookstore come up to talk about my work. Really. If you’ve done it, you know this. If you haven’t, you should know it.


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