Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary film-maker. Awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014, she has received the Cholmondley Award and an Honorary Doctorate from SOAS. Her collections include Postcards from god, I speak for the devil, The terrorist at my table, Leaving Fingerprints and Over the Moon, all published by Bloodaxe Books UK, with the latest, Luck Is the Hook, due out in March 2018. She reads with other poets at Poetry Live! events all over the country to more than 25,000 students a year. She has been Poet in Residence at Cambridge University Library, recently completed a series of poems based on the Archives of St Paul’s Cathedral, and is currently working on several projects across art forms, in Leeds and Hull. She has had eleven solo exhibitions of drawings in India, London, New York and Hong Kong, and also scripts and directs video films, many of them for non-government organisations working in the area of shelter, education and health for women and children in India.
‘It is an honour and a pleasure to be the poetry judge for the Northern Writers’ Awards this year. I look forward to hearing from new poets as well as more experienced ones, to reading work in progress and to coming across some of the freshest writing in the country today.’