‘Tender yet sharply political’
British Council South Asia Programme Manager, Afshan D’souza-Lodhi was born in Dubai and bred in Manchester. She is a writer of plays and poetry, and was recently commissioned to write and direct a short film for Channel 4 (An Act of Terror) and a radio play for BBC Sounds (Chop Chop). Her debut poetry collection ‘re: desire’ (Burning Eye Books) seeks to investigate the yearning to love, be loved and belong from desi (South Asian) perspectives. afshan’s most recent play, Santi & Naz, described as “tender yet sharply political” by The Guardian, puts female friendship against the backdrop of the partition of India and Pakistan.
Workshop: A Glossary for the Self
After being asked by an ex-publisher to define the ‘foreign words’ and given context to ‘foreign experiences’, Afshan created her own glossary, ‘FAO colonised tongues’. Join Afshan in making your own glossary for the self, a fun way to ‘define’ yourself and your writing. In a world where we are being asked to define ourselves, our identities and our languages, this workshop challenges the idea of otherness and definitions. The personal glossary created in this session can sit within your own poetry collection or at the end of any piece of writing.