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It’s been a very busy few months for me and I have been meaning to write a blog for the last 3 months.

An Asian woman reading poetry into a microphone

What have I been doing over the last few months? Well, I must say that it’s been overwhelming. In between being a full-time employee for the council, a mother, a writer and a disabled person living with pains caused by my cerebral palsy, I have made massive progress in the writing front. I haven’t had much time to write new pieces, but I have managed some by attending writing workshops and events.

Over the summer months working with my writing groups (Blakenhall and the Punjabi Women), I have been invited to perform my poetry and stories to many diverse audiences. This includes local Wolverhampton events and being part of a poetry walk in Tipton to sharing my poetry at Liverpool Hope University for the International Conference on Education Culture and Disabilities – a Punjabi Women’s group performance in Ironbridge, Telford.

This isn’t all. I have been interviewed by the media and appeared in the local media and Express & Star newspaper. From the article, I had a chain of reporters chasing me from the BBC and also I did my first radio interview with Radio WM Masala show and a couple of other local radio stations. I could not believe the attention I received from one newspaper article. It was scary because I didn’t want to upset anyone or say something wrong. However, I managed it with the support of my family and friends from my writing circle.

In the next couple of months I have more exciting events – I have been invited to share my poetry and talk about my writing in Coventry (3 November at Coventry Central Library 1-2pm); Shrewsbury Literature Festival (24 November at 11am – 12:30pm at The Greenhouse Cafe, 1 Milk Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1SZ); British Museum in London (3 December for the Purple Light Up event for International Disabled Persons Day at South Asia galleries from 3-4pm). And more invitations are coming in for the New Year. It would be lovely to see you at one or more of these events. For more information visit my website.

I hope you understand now, why I haven’t had much time to write a regular blog, as much as I would like to. I thoroughly enjoy writing because the words flow from me so effortlessly. Forgive me guys; I will try to seek some more blog time in future.

The link below is the interview recording from BBC WM Masala radio show hosted by Gagan Grewal.

Flyer for a poetry event featuring a mountain landscape and birds in the sky
Flyer for a literature festival featuring lots of portrait photograph of the participating writers

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Cath Nichols

it’s great to hear how things are going for you. Why were you afraid of upsetting people? What was it you said in the newspaper article? I’m curious. Hope you don’t mind me asking.

Cherry Doyle
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Cherry Doyle

Wow! You are one busy lady. Lovely to hear about all your achievements!

Barbara
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Barbara

I am so proud of Kuli. The world is ready to hear d disabled people and their voices. What a platform you now have. Congratulations.

Nirmal
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Nirmal

Well done Kuli! So proud of you.

Kapoor
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Kapoor

Your a great inspiration to our asian community and your work has opened up a new level of confidence in women to speak out against issues regarding living in families where womens fealings and emotions have been suppressed by the older generation of family because of taboo and shame,keep up your good work kuli.

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Kuli
Thankyou for sharing your stories, uplifting and empowering others to feel their worth. I guess sometimes though the truth is visible, its hidden just to keep the peace or because others may feel bad about it. It really makes you think what is really important and how it can help others, who are searching,
Congratulations