Tishani Doshi

Novelist & Poet

Tishani Doshi was born in the city formerly known as Madras in 1975.

She has published six books of poetry and fiction. Her essays, poems and short stories have been widely anthologized.

In 2012 she represented India at a historic gathering of world poets for Poetry Parnassus at the Southbank Centre, London. She is also the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award for Poetry, winner of the All-India Poetry Competition, and her first book, Countries of the Body,  won the prestigious Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2006.

Tishani’s debut novel, The Pleasure Seekers was shortlisted for the Hindu Literary Prize and long-listed for the Orange Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.


67. The Politics of Poetry 

The Masonic Lodge

Is poetry political? Why do you think Northern Ireland has produced so many remarkable poets from Heaney to Muldoon, Longley to Laird? At a time of political conflict perhaps poets have a permission to say what others can’t say. Poetry is about identity, where you are from, the forces that make you and the politics […]


43. # MeToo – a vision from the Eastern World: Tishani Doshi

The Town Hall

This is a special #MeToo event you will never forget, exploring Asian women’s experience in a spellbinding performance—half dance, half reading—by one of India’s most acclaimed and talented young poets, Tishani Doshi. Girls are Coming out of the Woods, is a dance and poetry performance of extraordinary beauty. Tishani,  a renowned dancer as well as […]