Creative Writing

Parm Kaur has been writing and publishing since the 1990’s. Her poetry has been broadcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 as well as being published widely and translated into Spanish, Danish, Urdu, Arabic and Serbo Croat.

Her plays have been seen on the London fringe and won international fellowships and awards.




Widely published in poetry books and anthologies nationally and internationally.

Walking the World                                    Selected Poems from 1996-2016 (SEE PREVIEW HERE)

Inside the Fourth Dimension                Poetry chapbook, pub. Greenwich University, London (2003)


Displacement, Breaking                               British South Asian poetry Anthology, Redbeck, Bradford (2000)

Wiping the Wall, Where are the shoes?   Bittersweet: Contemporary UK and US Black Women’s Poetry, K. McCarthy, Womens Press, London (1998)

Daring, Drinking                                            The Fire People Anthology, ed. L. Sissay. Payback Press, Edinburgh (1998)

Poetry Magazines

Poems published in International Journals and newspapers 

How can you blame your mother?             Black Arts in London (monthly periodical) Issue 131, 1990.

Identity                                                             Feminist Arts News Vol3, (8), 1993.

Old Woman, Where are the shoes?        Los Angeles Review, Spring 2005

Old Woman, Key Songs, Bound               Poetry Salzburg, Austria (Spring 2005),

Cousin-sister                                                  Index on Censorship (Summer 06).

Liminal, Prayer                                               Gargoyle, Paycock Press, Issue 4, 1999 London

Bound, Held                                                  Flaming Spirits, Fire magazine, Wolf poetry journal,

Censorship                                                     East (national weekly)

You messed up                                             Daily Express (national daily), (21.9.98)

Also published in Serbo-Croat (online), Spanish (Mexican chapbook), German (for Viennese radio), Danish (Trans Halle Europe Theatre Festival), Arabic – Anthology of British Poets 1950-2004


Poetry Readings


 The Barbican theatre, Victoria Miro Gallery, Whitechapel Arts Gallery, Poetry Society Café, Southwark Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Victoria Embankment Gardens, Cobden Club, Battersea Arts Centre, schools, colleges, universities, and conferences


 Trans Halle Europe Theatre Conference, Copenhagen (1996), Bowery Club, New York (2005), Chez Friends, San Francisco (2005), The Sahitya Academy, Delhi (2001) Mahatma Gandhi International University (2001), IHC Habitat Centre (2001)



 Cheltenham Literature Festival, Swindon Poetry Festival, Bristol Poetry Festival, The Pegasus theatre, Windsor Arts theatre, Contact Theatre Manchester, APNA arts festival, Nottingham. Live theatre, Newcastle, Project One on One, Lancashire, Wolverhampton University, Swansea University –British Council literature conferences


March 2002        Breathing Freely, commissioned short, at Soho Theatre, London, presented by Kali Theatre Co.

2001                     Relatively Sane (1) Waterman’s Theatre, London with Kali Theatre company

1998                     One day my prince will come, Oval House Theatre, London

March 1997        Relatively Sane, 4 hander, read at Oval House Theatre, London as part of Kali Theatre’s play festival. Monologue version staged at Waterman’s Arts Theatre, West London as part of Southall Black Sisters 10th anniversary Festival Celebrations.

Feb 2004             Protect me from what I want Wrote and directed short piece for 4 actors, performed at Young Vic Theatre, London

Sept 1998            Relatively Sane – (monologue), with video, commissioned for Mental Health Conference at the Brix Theatre, Brixton, London

July 2000             Gibbering into the Mirror (2) Wrote, performed, directed one woman show. Camden Peoples Theatre, London

May 2000            Gibbering into the Mirror, directed devised movement (2 dancers), with video, Gilmore Halls, Glasgow

Nov 1997            The Story of the Moon, wrote, performed, Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, and Battersea Arts Centre, London

Sept 1996            Tracing the Lines of Our Palms collaboration performance. Southwark Cathedral, London.

Oct 1995             Why are you so angry? Solo performance with sound, performed at the Oval House theatre, London

Oct 1994             Head-heart affairs, wrote and directed spoken word performance, with dancers and Improvisatory Music Collective musician, East Oxford Community Centre, Oxford, England

Press & Broadcasts


Nov 2007            The Verb, BBC Radio 3, Writing commission and live broadcast at the BBC Bush House Radio Theatre.

Feb 2003             The Verb, BBC Radio 3, Writing Commission and reading

Dec 2004            BBC 2 television – Performance Poetry feature, DNAsia.

1997                     Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4, interview with 3 other co-performers about performances


 A Tribute to Luther King – Oxford Mail newspaper, 20.1.95, poetry performance. Pegasus Theatre, Oxford.

Various national and local press reviews, interviews and articles for poetry performances including: Literally Speaking Cheltenham Literature Festival News (13.10.2003), Happily Single Author. Hindustan Times. Delhi, 29/10/01, (national daily, Tracing the lines of Parm, Asian Eye 13.3.97 (national weekly), Rebel Yell, Upfront (monthly) Poetry Performance review of Barbican Theatre (Oct 96), Times Educational Supplement (14.2.2003), for arts education anti-racist work in Essex schools

Commissions & Awards

Theatre research commission – The Junction Theatre, Cambridge, 1996.

Arts Council of England Award, London, Drama department – for production of Jibbering into the Mirror (1999)

Ledwig-Rahoult International Writing Fellowship, Switzerland, (1999)

Hawthornden Castle International Writing Fellowship, Scotland, (2000)

Arts Council of England, Literature Department, Writing residency at Royal Observatory Greenwich (2003)

Arts Council of England training grant – attendance at SITI theatre workshop, Los Angeles (2004)

Arts Council of England, Literature Department, research grant, for Inside the Fourth Dimension (2005)

Arts Council of England, travel grant to New York, poetry performances (2005)

Fenton Arts Trust award, for exhibition of Inside the Fourth Dimension, (2005)

Arts Council of England, Visual Arts Department, grant for video art piece, Desire, (2006)

SONY PSP commission for video art piece, Desire, London (2006)

Residencies and Fellowships

1997                     BBC South, Local radio writing residency (included writing workshops and performances)

1999                     Hawthornden Writing Fellowship, residential, Edinburgh, Scotland

2000                     Ledwig-Rahoult Writing Fellowship, residential, Lausanne, Switzerland

2003                     Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London, supported by London Arts Council

Academic Conferences & Talks

Trans Halle Europe, European Theatre Conference Copenhagen, Denmark

Paper and presentation on the relationship between poetry and mixed media theatre performances 1996

Writers looking East London  – presentation at 2-day conference, Roti Writers 1995

Whose theatre is it anyway? Panel Member: Politics of performance, Wolverhampton University 2004

Form and content   paper on artistic practice presented at International Habitat Centre, Delhi 2001

What is your place? Presentation at Writers conference at London College, London 2007

Talking in Tongues Poetry in Translation– fundraised for conference and London-wide readings in association with the Multicultural Arts Consortium, based at Toynbee Studios, Whitechapel, East London

The importance of Poetry -Paper presented at ACE, London Conference, Greenwich 2004

Poetry for you to read today

Any Questions?

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