News & Events

Here are my latest news items and events:

Galvanising Change - Galvanising Change is an experiential audio Installation examining climate change, for one audience member at a time. It uses a wearable sensor to measure their galvanic skin responses whilst they are listening to climate justice stories – which are triggered according to the audience’s emotions.
Skear Zines - Skear Zines responds to the writers we work with. It aims to resist homogenisation, and celebrate querenesse. It wants to give space to those voices that might not fit into traditional publishing models, voices that have been sidelined or as yet unheard, voices that have small (yet big) things to say, voices that will sing
What’s Eating Paradox - An Installation presented at Castlefield Gallery as part of ‘Obstructions’. Read more about this group exhibition on the Obstructions website.
(In)visible women at Storytelling and the Body Conference, Verona - Very excited that our Installation – (In)visible women: making more visible the woman in the body through audio-stories has been accepted for:  Storytelling & the Body An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Project Monday 15th July 2019 – Tuesday 16th July 2019 Verona, Italy Do come visit us!
augmented reality ‘In a Relationship with Coffee’ receives funds from Future’s Venture Foundation - I’m very happy to announce that I have received research and development funding for ‘Coffee Justice’ from Future’s Venture Foundation – radical independent arts fund.  ‘In a Relationship with Coffee’ (working title) is an innovative environmental art project exploring, producing and distributing stories of food justice from the mouths of those impacted on by food poverty, and from
Lancaster-Arts-Logo Diverse Actions Commission – Lancaster Arts - Really excited to announce that I have been awarded a commission and package of support to realise a new piece with Lancaster Arts. I will begin work on the commission this Summer and will be in residency at Lancaster Arts in Autumn 2018. ‘What’s Eating Reality’ uses Live Art and augmented reality to explore food justice, and will be
Reading at April Poets, Lancaster, April 2018 - I hope you will join me for a reading at April Poets, Poetry & Music in Lancaster on 26 April 2018. I will be reading from my pamphlet Fossil, alongside Jennifer Lee Tsai and Ian Humphreys, with music by Anni Tracy. For more information on the event please visit the April Poets website.  
Zarf 10 – Maya Chowdhry and Nathan Walker - Looking forward to reading at Zarf  in Leeds, March 2018. Zarf presents poetry, experimental writing and the like — Thursday 21st March 7pm, Middle Floor, Wharf Chambers, Wharf Street, Leeds featuring: Maya Chowdhry & Nathan Walker More information and to sign up for the open mic on their Facebook page
guardian poem of the week - microbial museum Guardian Poem of the week: Microbial Museum - “Finding the poetry in scientific vocabulary, this work is alive to the marvels of its discoveries as well as the ecological peril it reports” Carol Rumens Save
Commonword Digital Literature Commission - ‘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 AR app, Aurasma, to navigate and view the poem.
Forward-Book-of-Poetry-2018 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.
Poetry and Climate Change Salon at Ledbury Poetry Festival -  Maya Chowdhry’s Fossil explores the impact of human activity on the environment though a post-colonial lens, she will be in conversation with Chloe Garner. 1.30pm – 2.30pm Baptist Hall £5 Sunday, 1st July 2018 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Add to calendar   Venue:   Baptist Hall Venue Website: Address: 142 The Homend, Ledbury, HR8 1BZ, United Kingdom   More information
QC17 - outspoken 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 by 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 jacket 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 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.
MayaChowdhry-reading 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 by Maya Chowdhry & Sarah Hymas 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-flyer 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 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 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 ‘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:
visioning day for writers 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
Hallelujah for 50ft Women Hallelujah for 50ft Women: poems about women’s relationship to their bodies - My poem genderality is in the Bloodaxe anthology: Hallelujah for 50ft Women: poems about women’s relationship to their bodies, edited by Raving Beauties. Details about the anthology and ordering information from Bloodaxe.
Ripple - Menier Gallery 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.
stoke-library 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_story-trail 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-flyer-for-web 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
Black writers conference - presentation 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
mela haiku 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.
Maya Chowdhry 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 by maya chowdhry 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.
CCC Crocus books The Seamstress and the Global Garment wins Crocus 30 Poems - My poetry book has won first prize in the Crocus 30 Poems competition! This means I Crocus Books will publish my poetry collection. Brilliant news! Save