Vahni Capildeo & Karthika Nair
In April 2014, the Miriam Allott Visiting Writers series began with three emerging poets: Kate Kilalea, Vahni Capildeo, and Karthika Nair. Clips from the evnt can be seen below.
Vahni Capildeo has published five books of poetry, No Traveller Returns (2003), Person Animal Figure (2005), Undraining Sea (2009), Dark and Unaccustomed Words (2012) and Utter (2013). She is a Contributing Editor at the Caribbean Review of Books and in 2014 served as a judge for the Forward Prize.
French-Indian, poet and dance producer, Karthika Nair is the author of four books, including the award-winning Until the Lions (HarperCollins India / Arc Publications UK, 2015), a re-imagining of the Mahabhrata n multipl voices, and The Honey Hunter (Editions Helium-Actes Sud/Zubaan Books, 2013), a children's story illustrated by Joelle Jolivet and published in English, French, German and Bangla. She was also the principal scriptwriter of DESH, choreographer Akram Khan's 2011 dance solo, and its young adult adaptation, Chotto Desh (2015).
In Nair's resume as an enabler, one finds mention of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet, Kafig/Mourad Merzouki, two Olivier awards, Auditorium Musica per Roma, the Louvre, the Shoalin Temple, misadventures with ninja swords and pachyderms, among others, many of which make their way willy-nilly into her poetry.
Q & A