photograph by Nicola Bailey


My work speaks to how racism divides the fabric of kinship, separating us from home and erasing us from history and from archives. I am a migrant born in Africa and although privileged educationally, every single day I live with the trauma of separation from my ancestral home, India, my mother tongue, and all its aftermaths. My story is one of many marginalised immigrants for whom the dominance of whiteness, language and colonialism impacts in various ways to deplete the individual and the family.

Daisy & Woolf
, Hachette, 2022 

Letter to Pessoa Giramondo, 2016

2023 Shortlist in the ABR Peter Porter Poetry Prize
2017 Winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for New Writing
2020 Red Room Poetry Fellow
2015 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize shortlist
2014 Kingston Writing School Hilary Mantel International Short Story Prize winner
I am an affiliate of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide


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