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