Writing

A selection of my published, broadcast, staged and inTer-aCtive writing.

The Seamstress and the Global Garment

“Maya Chowdhry’s voice springs directly from the soul. It is authentic, sensuous and urgent. Although dreamlike, her poems are not vague. They rankle with precision and are fuellled by the collision of colonial and family history. Anger gives way to the generosity of love and the open heart of humour.” Sarah Hymas, Flax
“Chowdhry’s poems are uniquely alive to the possibilities of multiple identities, fused mother tongues and the interweaving of myths.” Saradha Soobrayen Chroma Journal

My Eyes

My poem – ‘My Eyes’ has been selected for the Poetry Places promotion who have produced this fantastic poster. Outline 2012 marks the 10thanniversary of Time To Read and it has produced a wonderful set of posters and postcards from 12 poets in the region to celebrate this. Time To Read is the NW public libraries network which works to promote reading. It works with 22 Library authorities from Cumbria to Cheshire, Wirral to Blackburn, Manchester to Liverpool.

Haiku

Haiku was commissioned by Litfest at Flax:028. A collaboration between Litfest poets, Sarah Hymas and Maya Chowdhry. Using words from the poets Maya and Sarah produced a haiku which they grew in cress seeds. Maya produced a stop-motion film of this and it was exhibited at Litfest.

The Tagore Project

Four Trains written by Maya Chowdhry and directed by Alan Lane – scratch performance as part of Transform, West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Kaahini

Kaahini was commissioned and developed by Red Ladder Theatre Company and toured nationally. It premiered at Bradford Theatre in the Mill, May 1997. The company wanted a play about identity that spoke specifically to young Asian women. The Birmingham Rep re-staged the play in 1998. The play was nominated for Best Children’s Theatre by the Writers Guild. It was subsequently toured nationally by Red Ladder Theatre company in 2006 and published by Capercaille Books (2004).

Black is the Colour of my True Love’s Hair

A Play for Radio 4 by Maya Chowdhry, directed by Lu Kemp. Fiona wants to be a mum; the problem is that Mark, her husband, is infertile. Fiona convinces Mark that adopting a child is the answer. But she’s unaware that the support of her bigoted mother in law is a crucial factor in getting approved for adoption.