Here are my latest news items and events:
Here is the access script for: “What’s Eating Our Reality”
Commonword Digital Literature Commission - My project ‘Heritage Carrot’ has been awarded a digital literature commission by Commonword, Manchester. I will be collaborating with artist Kooj Chuhan of Metaceptive. ‘Heritage Carrot’ is a site-specific augmented reality (AR) poem which takes place at Hulme Community Garden Centre, Manchester, and uses the audience’s own smartphone combined with a free app, Aurasma, to navigate → Butterfly Orchid highly commended in the Forward Poetry Prize - Very excited to announce that my poem Butterfly Orchid was highly commended in 2017 the Forward Poetry Prizes. The poem is in Forward Book of Poetry 2018, which contains all the poems from the 2017 Forward Prizes for Poetry. The poem is also in my recent pamphlet Fossil, which is available from Peepal Tree Press. → Queer Contact 17: Outspoken - Join myself and 4 amazing writers for a very special showcase of queer spoken word,poetry and literature in the beautiful setting of Manchester Central Library. Hosted by Adam Lowe (Young Enigma). Featuring the talents of Dean Atta, Paula Varjack, Gerry Potter and Maya Chowdhry. → Peas on Earth - A research and development project investigating the use of augmented reality to produce an immersive live experience. Building on and developing my work created via Divergency, through investigations with technologists, live artists and potential audiences to create a show that capitalises on the best aspects of performance and technology. → Fossil – poetry book - Fossil explores the impact of human activity on climate change though a post-colonial lens and from the perspective of all life on earth including plants, creatures, elements and inanimate objects. “The poems in Fossil have been waiting millions of years to be born. Maya Chowdhry’s language erupts out of deep time, vital and vivid. This is powerful work.” Robert Minhinnick → Experimental Words - Biology meets balladry, physics encounters pentameter and chemistry confronts cadence, as leading scientists are paired with some of Manchester’s finest spoken-word artists to compete in a science slam show. → Aberdeen Music Hall - With poet and artist Sarah Hymas we have created 'The Seventh Door', an immersive walk connected to Aberdeen's famous Music Hall.
Part of Stepping Out with Aberdeen Performing Arts; a project to create work inspired by the building and its history and deliver inspiring workshops for young people around Aberdeen.
The work will be launched as part of Granite Noir taking place in Aberdeen in February 2017 → Peepal Tree Salon at Waterstones Piccadilly - 15 June 2016, 7pm Free but please book! Waterstones Piccadilly will be hosting an evening of memoir, poetry and fiction from Peepal Tree Press with authors Yvonne Weekes, Desiree Reynolds, and Maya Chowdhry. All published by the celebrated Leeds-based Caribbean and Black British publishers, these three talented women writers will read and discuss their work with Peepal Tree’s → Ripple shortlisted for the 2015 Dot Award - Fabulous news that our work Ripple, with Sarah Hymas, a triptych of freestanding oversized artist books that use augmented reality, organic objects and poetic text to explore climate change, has been shortlisted for the 2015 Dot Award → CONTINENT CHOP CHOP: austerity, refugees and climate destruction - A story told through poetry, music and digital-media connecting legacies of inequality to climate change. Continent Chop Chop’ is a touring Transmedia production linking narratives of climate change to the broader issues of poverty, race and social justice. Using interwoven narratives portrayed through music, poetry, and projected imagery. → A Place at the Table – immersive theatre - I recently worked with B Arts on 'A Place At The Table', a new immersive theatre show and meal from B Arts. Welcome to the School of Improbable Cooking. No reservation? We might just squeeze you in. Where’s the kitchen? It’s right here. Can I take your coat? How about this apron? That should fit you. We look forward to working with you on your meal. → Footprint Modulation - An exhibition of art and interventions exploring climate change, global justice and human displacement by Metaceptive. Featuring the work of: SHAHIDUL ALAM : PLATFORM (LONDON) : KOOJ CHUHAN : MAYA CHOWDHRY MAZAHER : TRACEY ZENGENI : APU & MURAD CHOWDHURY : TRANSITION DURHAM DILLER, SCOFIDIO + RENFRO : UK CLIMATE CHANGE & MIGRATION COALITION MIKA → ‘Chamada From Chico Mendes’ - Poetry from my forthcoming chapbook Fossil has been featured in ‘Chamada From Chico Mendes’ digital carnival installation connects with environmental activism. It is an Interactive Digital Carnival Installation by Kooj Chuhan inspired by environmental activism stories from across the world – including Chico Mendes. Created in partnership with Global Grooves. Project website: www.metaceptive.net/chamada → Visioning Day for Writers - Myself and Sarah Hymas led a visioning day on Morecambe Bay in February 2015, drawing on the expanse of sea, sky and fresh air to gain clarity and focus on your writing practice. Using a one to one coaching session, a variety of creative tools (including writing time), and group discussions we aimed to activate the → Ripple - In collaboration with artist and poet Sarah Hymas, a Triptych of freestanding oversized artist books that use augmented reality, organic objects and poetic text to explore climate change. The Installation consists of interactive poetic sculptures that use augmented reality to illuminate anthropogenic climate change. Shortlisted for the 2015 Dot Award. → Maya Chowdhry - I am an inTer-aCtive artist, Transmedia writer and poet, making interactive theatre and site-specific Installation. My recent work is immersive exploring the juxtaposition and conflicts of new technologies with the ‘natural world’, utilising film, text, animation, photography, augmented reality and the Web. My work has been exhibited in and around canals, in public gardens, theatres, galleries, the web and on television. → The Salmagundi – Stoke Library - The Salmagundi crash lands in Stoke-on-Trent library all next week for half-term! The Salmagundi crash lands at Stoke-on-Trent library next week for half-term. The library is in the Stoke Local Centre on South Wolfe Street and we are there from Monday to Saturday. The Salmagundi is an inter-active storytelling experience for 9-13 year olds and → Tales from the Towpath at Manchester Literature Festival - Tales from the Towpath, an immersive literature work for Manchester Literature Festival, 6-19 October 2014. Tales from the Towpath is an immersive story inspired by Manchester’s waterways and their ecological fate. It spans the Victorian city to an uncertain future 50 years from now. Three characters circle one another across time, with fragments of their stories found in geocaches (past), live performance (present) and augmented reality Zappar codes (future). → Poppy Picnic - Looking for something new to do at the weekend this summer? Pack a picnic, bring your family and friends and join us at Orsdall Hall, Salford at 2 – 4pm on Sunday 3 August 2014 for a free, summertime event. Enjoy a vintage-style picnic in the beautiful gardens for an afternoon of performance, music, poetry → Writing apps - Here is a list of useful writing apps (explored but not tested extensively) presented as part of my workshop at Contact / Black Writers Conference 2014 → Grow a word workshop - An installation and drop-in workshop for Manchester Mega Mela.
The installation was inspired by the Bengali poet Tagore and used haiku grown in cress to explore impermanence and the poetic form. → WORD UP | 3MT - Tues 14 May 2013, 19:30 A night of poetry and word play in the anachronistically intimate setting of Three Minute Theatre, hosted by Steph Pike and featuring: Maya Chowdhry, Clare Shaw, Heena Patel and Hayles Photos. → 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. →