4 Brown Girls Who Write - Roshni Goyate, Sharan Hunjan, Sheena Patel and Sunnah Khan
4 Brown Girls Who Write by Roshni Goyate, Sharan Hunjan, Sheena Patel and Sunnah Khan
Published by Rough Trade Books, 2020
Four individual publications in a specially designed wrap.
Roshni Goyate, Sharan Hunjan, Sheena PatelandSunnah Khanare four writers that make up the talented collective4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITEand bring their radical, polyphonic performance style to bear on a series of individual pamphlets that still resonate with their collaborative force. Each author’s discreet publication is a stand-alone work, published as a set of poetry and prose pamphlets, highlighting the daring, brilliant writing that characterises both the group and each individual author.
Shadow Workby Roshni Goyate
We all have shadow selves—the sides to us that are hidden, unknown, unconscious. These are parts of ourselves that we learn at a very early age to turn away from.Shadow Workis a poetry collection that seeks to discern what’s in the shadows, to uncover what is silenced. It explores the contradictions of living multiple lives as a woman of colour, a lover, a mother and a poet in the 21st century. Through the themes of food, family, music, place, and language, these poems attempt to interrogate broader questions of globalisation, austerity, immigrant-diasporic identity, and the impacts of intergenerational silence and trauma.
Hatchby Sharan Hunjan
InHatch, Sharan Hunjan presents an utterly compelling set of poems that break open and break apart language, mother tongue, motherhood, love and death through the always acute observations of a second-generation Punjabi immigrant. It is a startling, playful interrogation of the coloniser’s language rooted in the nostalgia and guilt of the possible loss of a mother tongue. It is heightened by raw reflections of what it means to become a mother in a series of eponymous poems which lie at the heart of the collection.
Hatchis a birth, an opening, a beginning.
This Is What Love Isby Sheena Patel
This Is What Love Is, is a story about a recovering co-dependent, anxiety-laden, introverted-extrovert through a series of events and their aftermath across a year in her life.
In prose of astonishing clarity and craft, this wildly honest exploration of the stories we tell ourselves and the tension they hold against the stories which exist out in the world, introduces a vivid new literary voice.
I Don’t Know How to Forgive You When You Make No Apology For This Hauntingby Sunnah Khan
I Don’t Know How To Forgive You When You Make No Apology For This Hauntinggives voice to the ghosts of things unsaid—unearthing memory and drawing from the everyday to create a portrait of the self reflecting on the implications of all it has come to inherit.
From exploring a father’s absence with surprising religious reverence to sharp interrogations of identity politics, this collection bristles with quiet frustration and wrestles with grief—ultimately prevailing with the determination to transform—picking pain up with both hands and holding it to the light.