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|Title: ||The Redbeck Anthology of British South Asian Poetry, ed. by Debjani Chatterjee|
|Authors: ||Solanki, Mahendra|
|Issue Date: ||2000|
|Publisher: ||Redbeck Press|
|Description: ||Mahendra Solanki was born in Nairobi to Indian parents in 1956. He arrived in England in 1965 and his family settled in Leicester. After studying English and philosophy in London, where he worked in publishing and bookselling, he returned to the city and has lived and worked in the region ever since.
Mahendra has worked in adult and community education (as tutor, adult education co-ordinator and eventually as Head of Avalon Community Education Project) and at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre as an Associate Director. He has worked as a writer in schools, colleges, libraries, local authorities and universities as well as taking up residencies for the Arts Council, the Poetry Society and the Arvon Foundation. He undertook a year-long residency at the East Midlands Forensic Mental Health Centre, working at the secure unit for prisoners with mental health issues.
He now works as English Programme Leader in the School of Arts & Humanities at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). Having previously directed the MA in Writing at NTU, he continues to teach on the MA as well as leading the undergraduate English and creative writing programme. He is currently First Story’s Writer in Residence at The Nottingham Children’s Hospital, the first such post in the country.
Mahendra’s work has appeared in magazines and anthologies in Britain and abroad, including The Observer, Poetry Review and The Rialto as well as being broadcast on BBC radio. He has undertaken public commissions, collaborating with artists such as Kay van Bellen (for the Leicester Riverside Commission and now held in Leicestershire’s Permanent Art Collection) and film-maker Jaharlal Sen (for the Royal Festival Hall). His poetry is included in the prestigious Out of Bounds: British Black and Asian Poetry, edited by Jackie Kay, James Procter and Gemma Robinson (2012).|
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