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Moniza Alvi was born in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1954 and went to England when
she was a few months old. She grew up in Hertfordshire and studied at the
Universities of York and London.
Peacock Luggage, a book of poems by Moniza Alvi and Peter Daniels, was
published as a result of the two poets winning together the Poetry Business
Prize in 1991. Since then, Moniza Alvi has written four poetry collections.
The Country at My Shoulder (1993) led to her being selected
for the Poetry Society's New Generation Poets promotion.
After a long career as a secondary school teacher, Moniza Alvi now tutors
for the Open College of the Arts and lives in London. She is presently
working on a series of poem-myths, inspired by Kipling's Just So Stories. In
2002 she received a Cholmondeley Award for her poetry.
Contributed by Andrea Sirotti
- Online poetry
- Three poems at poemhunter.com
- All Fruits at the BBC website.
- Notes on presents from my aunts in Pakistan at trinityhigh.com
Review by Anne Ryland.
- Carrying my Wife
Bloodaxe, Newcastle . (2000)
- A Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
- A Bowl of Warm Air
- One of the Independent on Sunday's Books of the Year.
- The Country at my Shoulder
Oxford University Press. (1993)
- Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award.
South Asian Women authors