Daljit Nagra

Daljit Nagra is from a Sikh background and was born and grew up in West London then Sheffield. He has published four books of poetry, all with Faber & Faber. His poem Look We Have Coming to Dover! won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem in 2004. His first collection, of the same name won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2007 and the South Bank Show Decibel Award in 2008. His subsequent two collections, Tippoo Sultan’s Incredible White-Man Eating Tiger-Toy Machine!!! and his version of the Ramayana were nominated for the TS Eliot Prize. In 2014 he was selected as a New Generation Poet by the PBS. In 2015 he won a Royal Society Travelling Scholarship. His latest collection is British Museum which was published in 2017. He was the inaugural Poet in Residence for Radio 4/4 Extra and teaches at Brunel University London.

Daljit says:

“When judging a poetry competition, I approach the poems with a state of almost unknowing. In that, I’m happy to be persuaded by the text in front of me, the text that claims it’s a poem. The poem can be conventional or outlandish and show very few features of a regular poem. The only test of pleasure for me is to feel surprised, moved (logically or emotionally) and feel as though I’ve been on a journey. I’m happy to read poems about any subject matter and whatever tone suits so long as the poem commits to its own constraints and teaches me how to read itself. Above all, I want to feel the poet has enjoyed writing the poem, I want to feel their authority over the words and layout”.

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