Writers Nina Mingya Powles and Jini Reddy reflect on the poetry of place, identity and fresh forms of belonging in their strikingly hybrid memoirs.
Jini Reddy is the author of Wanderland, shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize and for the Stanford Dolman Award for Travel Book of the Year. She has contributed to anthologies, penned an award-winning guidebook, Wild Times, and her texts and poems have been displayed in exhibitions at London’s Southbank Centre and at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. As a journalist and travel writer, she has written widely for national press and in 2019 was named a National Geographic Woman of Impact. In her work, she increasingly occupies a cross-cultural, cross-genre space where place, spirituality, nature and culture meet. Jini was born in Britain to Indian parents from South Africa, and raised in Montreal, Canada. She now makes her home in London.
Nina Mingya Powles is a writer, editor and publisher from Aotearoa New Zealand. She is the author of the poetry collections field notes on a downpour, Luminescent and Magnolia, which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and for the RSL Ondaatje Prize. She is also the author of Tiny Moons: A Year of Eating in Shanghai. In 2019 she won the inaugural Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing, for Small Bodies of Water, and in 2018 she won the Women Poets’ Prize. She is the founding editor of Bitter Melon, a small press that publishes limited-edition pamphlets by Asian poets. She was born in Aotearoa, partly grew up in China, and now lives in London.