Readings In London And Sheffield

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Following the Commonwealth Day Observance on March 9th, I enjoyed two more readings in England.

In London, I read at the vibrant Loose Muse, hosted at The Poetry Society’s Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden, along with Agnes Meadows and a formidable open mic group of women poets.

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There was a magazine on a wall to my left with an image of Frida Kahlo on the cover. I was going to read “Frida to Sharanya” at Loose Muse last night anyway, and I smiled to see it.

Posted by Sharanya Manivannan on Thursday, March 12, 2015

 

In Sheffield, I read Sheffield-Hallam University along with the novelist Desiree Reynolds.

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Reading my vignette, “Boyfriend Like A Banyan Tree”, this evening.

Posted by Sharanya Manivannan on Friday, March 13, 2015

 

More photos and videos from both these events can be found on my Facebook page.

The 2015 Commonwealth Day Observance

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March 9th 2015 was the most extraordinary day of my life.

On that day, I stood on the Sacrarium Steps of Westminster Abbey and delivered a specially-commissioned poem, “Gathering”, to a crowd of 2000 people, including the British royal family.

I wrote about the experience at length for The Hindu, here.

Here is the official recording of my performance:

And here are a few photographs. My favourite is the last one, taken during the rehearsal.