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On my radar: Daljit Nagra’s cultural highlights


The poet on a great children’s TV drama, the magic of Vindolanda and the health benefits of the NutriBullet

Brought up in west London and Sheffield, Daljit Nagra gained an MA in English literature from Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2004 he was awarded the Forward poetry prize for best single poem, and in 2007 published his award-winning debut collection Look We Have Coming to Dover! Nagra teaches creative writing at Brunel University London and is poet-in-residence at Radio 4, where his Odyssey Project – a series of commissioned poetic responses to Homer’s Odyssey– has just finished. In 2017 Nagra, who often employs “Punglish”, English spoken by Indian Punjabi immigrants, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His third poetry collection, British Museum (Faber £14.99), a meditation upon multiculturalism, heritage and the legacy of empire, is out now.

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