We’re very excited to welcome Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan to Dingle Lit this year. Multi-talented, international and coming to a poetry event near you – Chandrika will be joining Victoria Kennefick for a poetry reading and discussion, chaired by Nicholas McLachlan, on Saturday 18th November at 6pm.
But who is the fabulously-named Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan? We deep dive into her background and some recommended works to watch and read before the festival.
- Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan is a Dublin-based, writer, performer, and cultural consultant from India, who has also lived in North America, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK.
- Her grandfather was K.R. Narayanan, the first Dalit to be elected President of India, while her mother was a diplomat and, later, an ambassador and her father worked at the World Bank.
- She is Writer in Residence for the Institute of Physics for 2023.
- Chandrika is also on the Board of the Irish Writers Centre.
- In London, Chandrika interned at both Christie’s Auction House and The Victoria and Albert Museum.
- In 2012, Narayanan-Mohan moved to Dublin, where she received an MA in arts management and cultural policy from University College Dublin.
- Fun fact: she is a co-founder of the Irish Craft Cocktail Awards. We’re sure she’ll be impressed by the selection available locally – you can’t beat a spicy margarita from Kennedy’s!
- She was commissioned by Cavan-born environmental artist AlanJames Burns to write The Waking Walls, a caoineadh and collaborative theatrical artwork set around Cloughoughter Castle – this iconic monument’s sorrowful lament for our shared environmental and biodiversity losses it has witnessed over its lifetime.
- She is a regular reviewer for Childrens Books Ireland’s Inis Magazine, and her poem Nightboarder appears in the new anthology I Am the Wind: Irish Poems for Children Everywhere.
- Her work has been published by Dedalus Press, Lifeboat Press, Poetry Ireland, Banshee, and lately, her poem The Knee appeared in issue 47 of Stinging Fly – available to purchase here.
Reserve your ticket for Poetry with Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan and Victoria Kennefick here.
Chandrika will also be interviewing Greek-Irish trans author, Soula Emmanuel, about her novel Wild Geese, on Saturday 18th November at 12pm. Book here.