We’re delighted to be offering a free evening of wine, nibbles and a performance from Daljit Nagra – Poet in Residence at Radio 4, Senior Lecturer at Brunel University London, local resident, author of ‘Look, We have Coming to Dover’ and ‘Singh Song’ and this year’s new collection British Museum. Daljit will be performing, discussing and signing his new work at the Uxbridge branch of Waterstones in Intu shopping centre.
Daljit Nagra possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary English poetry. British Museum is his third collection, following his electrifying version of the epic Ramayana, and marks a significant departure of style to something quieter, more contemplative and inquisitive, at times valedictory. His political edge has been honed in a series of meditations and reflections upon our heritage, our legacy, and the institutions that define them: the BBC, Hadrian’s Wall, the Sikh gurdwaras of our towns, the British Museum of the title poem. With compassion and charisma, Nagra explores the impact of the first wave of mass migration to our shores, the Arab Spring, the allure of extremism along with a series of personal poems about the pressures of growing up in a traditional community. British Museum is a book that asks profound questions of our ethics and responsibilities at a time of great challenge to our sense of national identity.