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19th of August 2022
36 pages. Cover Illustrator - Natalie Leyland
Dal Kular is a Sheffield born and based writer of Punjabi/Sikh heritage. She is a facilitator, tutor and mentor specialising in creative writing arts for healing. (un)interrupted tongues unfolds Kular’s creative journey and life as a working-class woman of colour. Written and created intuitively, Kular seeks to unravel the past, in order to understand the present and to heal. Here, unbelonging is power. These poems are love letters to the reader, to never give up on creative dreams.
“Kular shows great power in playfulness, using small details to large effect, from the punctuation that gives you pause, to challenging, arresting imagery that celebrates wildness, growth, and holds a deep respect for ancestry. (un)interrupted tongues is a reclamation of the creative self that gallops away in sheer triumph. Brava!”
- Melissa Fu, author of Peach Blossom Spring.
“A bold and defiant first collection. Each poem is a refusal and reclamation: a refusal to be bound by the hard lines imposed by racial and cultural binaries, stifling educational expectations and staid social convention, and a reclamation of heritage which enables Kular to overcome constraints and take her true form as an elemental force that dances in the wild winds. Revelling in the play and possibility of punctuation and form, Kular guides us through her journey of self-discovery.”
- Dr Alex Rajinder Mason, University of Sheffield.
About the Author:
Dal Kular is a writer and facilitator from Sheffield. From leaving school at 16 years old with 3 O-levels and being told she could never be a writer – to severe burnout, grief and loss – Dal returned to the power of words and writing in her late forties, as an act of radical self-care and healing, gaining an MSc in Therapeutic Writing. Through writing circles, co-writing spaces and Our True Nature writing workshops for women of colour – she encourages women to discover the power of their own voices. Her essays have been shortlisted for Wasafiri New Writing Prize and Class Action Nature Writing Prize. She is currently working on a memoir about her mother, grief and nature supported by Arts Council funding. She is most often found roaming the Peak District in her tiny brown van, Muddy. You can find out more at www.dalkular.com.
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