Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe – Manchester Literature Festival
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Three superb female poets whose work considers the body and women’s lives come together for a special showcase. Mona Arshi’s superb second collection Dear Big Gods explores ideas of God, nature, grief, women and hope. She will read some recent poems and an extract from her forthcoming, debut novel Somebody Loves You. Award winner Alycia Pirmohamed’s latest excellent pamphlet Hinge considers ideas about the body, belonging, heritage, nature, dual identity, home and borders. While Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe’s inventive debut collection Auguries of a Minor God explores women’s stories, bodies, love, lust and the lives of a family of refugees as they settle in the UK. Mona Arshi won the Forward Prize for best first collection with Small Hands. Alycia Pirmohamed is a Canadian-born poet based in the UK. She was the winner of the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award in 2020. Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe is a poet, pacifist and fabulist. Born in India, she grew up across the Middle East, Europe and North America before calling Ireland home. She is the recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award.