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‘A Dinner Party in the Home Counties' by Reshma Ruia

29 Oct 2019

Centre for New Writing's Alumna Reshma Ruia has poetry book published


‘A Dinner Party in the Home Counties’ by Reshma Ruia, published by Skylark on Friday 25 October 2019, is the debut poetry collection of this acclaimed novelist and short story writer whose previous work includes A Mouthful of Silence (2014), and Something Black in the Lentil Soup (2003). Reshma Ruia was awarded the Word Masala Debut Poet 2019 Award by the judges in April 2019 at the Matwaala Literary Festival in New York and has received favourable reviews from Lemn Sissay, Todd Swift, Rishi Dastidar and Cyril Dabydeen among others.

Lemn Sissay MBE, poet, playwright, author of ‘My Name is Why, winner of the 2019 PEN Pinter prize said of the collection: “You will be pleased at discovering award winning poet Reshma Ruia. Her voice is intimate and confident. Her poetry shines bright. Reshma lures the reader into her world through a vivid imagination. From the empty bed of an accountant to the code of 1947, Reshma’s skill is in how she paints pictures with words, which become whole landscapes and scenes in one’s imagination. She ignites the reader. I feel I am reading someone whom everyone will be reading in future. Read her now!

Cyril Dabydeen, author of God’s Spider (Peepal Tree Press, UK) described the energy in Reshma's poetry as 'fierce' and said, 'her incantatory and conversational tone belies her social and human concerns. Her rhythmic control is amazing, sustained in her assertive voice and language. This debut collection everyone should read—the sooner the better. Captivating!'

Book Information

A Dinner Party in the Home Counties
by Reshma Ruia (Author), Debjani Chatterjee (Foreword)
Published in Paperback (25th October 2019)
Publisher: Skylark Publications (UK)
Language: English, 62 pages
ISBN-10: 0956084060
Click here to buy the Paperback Edition