Tishani Doshi

Tishani Doshi is an award-winning writer and dancer of Welsh-Gujarati descent.

Born in Madras, India, in 1975, she received a Masters in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University, and worked in London in advertising, before returning to India in 2001, where a chance encounter with the choreographer Chandralekha led her to an unexpected career in dance.

In 2006, Tishani’s book of poems, Countries of the Body, won the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection in the UK. She is also the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award for poetry and winner of the All-India Poetry Competition.

Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, was published to critical acclaim in 2010 and has been translated into several languages.

Tishani Doshi’s most recent books include a collection of poems, Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods (shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award) and a novel, Small Days and Nights (Bloomsbury).

She lives on a beach in Tamil Nadu with her husband and three dogs.

Her poetry and dance will feature at the Festival’s Opening Party on 23rd of August and on Sunday 25th August in Girls are Coming Out of the Woods.