New Title: The Yak Dilemma, Print & Animated Cover Reveal
I couldn’t be happier to announce The Yak Dilemma by Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal – published by Makina Books on April 15th in deluxe flapped paperback and ePublication. The Yak Dilemma is Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal’s first full-length collection, the first book in our ambitious Spring Programme – and our fifth year of publishing! For booksellers the ISBN is: 978-1916060845.Preorder The Yak Dilemma with a free print and vinyl sticker
The first 100 preorders will receive the book with an exclusive The Yak Dilemma print and vinyl sticker!
Watch the Frontwards Design cover reveal, beautifully animated by James Paulley by clicking on the link below.
In The Yak Dilemma, Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal ventures out of the mountain ranges of Palampur and across vast distances of land and sea. From scenes playing out through Dublin windows to ruminating on wearing a Sadri in the West, these innovative mediations are as much about personal identity as they are a testament to the human spirit‘s drive to cross territory and forge a ‘map’ of our own. Kaur Dhaliwal’s map, if she has one, is without architecture or foundations; ‘Four walls don’t make a home or a house—it takes some doing’, she writes in Ghazal on Living in a Hotel in Downtown Cairo. She is part of a dynamic new generation of poets pushing the medium into exciting new areas by questioning the notion of ‘place’ and its effect on our bodies– including the human spirit and memory. Uprooted and unsettled, her lyrical voice generously outlines ‘home’ as something other than a physical place. The Yak Dilemma is a remarkable poetic journey, its words create new territories by carefully revealing the fragile spaces that fall in between.Preorder The Yak Dilemma with a free print and vinyl sticker
Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal was born in the Himalayan town of Palampur, India. She studied at St. Bede’s College, Shimla; Trinity College, Dublin; and Queen’s University, Belfast. Her poems have been translated into Arabic, German and Italian, and have recently appeared in Ambit, Banshee, Gutter, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Jukebox, Poetry London, The Bombay Literary Magazine, The Irish Times, The Lonely Crowd, The Pickled Body, The Tangerine and elsewhere. In 2018, she was one of the twelve poets selected for Poetry Ireland’s ‘Introductions’ series. She is the 2021 Charles Wallace India Trust Fellow at the University of Kent. The Yak Dilemma is her first full-length collection.
Praise for The Yak Dilemma
‘The Yak Dilemma charts a masterful fugue of exile, longing and belonging. Dhaliwal writes with a rich fluency of tongues, evoking pathos and pleasure in equal measure. Upending perception, these poems become a way of looking by which we start to see through our hands. A marvellous work.’
— Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe
‘Tender, innovative and potent, with a razor sharp intelligence, these poems travel the world, and the heart, with fierce beauty. Dhaliwal is an important and vibrantly exciting new voice in poetry.’
— Rebecca Tamás
‘This collection is a treat for the soul, taking readers on a journey across time and borders. Dhaliwal’s writing is evocative, thrilling, and magnificent.’
— Zeba Talkhani
‘Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal is an assured and musical poet. In The Yak Dilemma, the natural world turns through lyrics of brief encounter. Language, like a bird, alights and then departs, leaving behind an impression of change, held momentarily, and then set free. These are songs of belonging and of movement, of fluid identity, carefully crafted and always graceful. Like a global flâneuse, Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal writes poems that offer hope, ‘a daisy chain of ampersands / on no man’s land.’
— Seán Hewitt
‘A heartfelt, entertaining debut which sees the author explore Europe and the Middle East like an intrepid flâneuse, reminding us how the impulse to walk around our world’s cities allows the best poets to turn one’s private life into a constantly shifting terrain for exploration.’
— André Naffis-Sahely
‘This deeply satisfying collection is bathed in wit and colour, and skilfully interweaves personal, literary and socio-political events. Kaur Dhaliwal travels through time and space and the self; I wanted to go wherever she was heading.’
— Jen Calleja
‘The Yak Dilemma is beautiful, transportative and so deeply felt. Surpiya Kaur Dhaliwal takes us on a powerful and tender poetic journey through liminal spaces and places, asking what it means to feel at home in the world and at home in your mind.’
— Lucia Osborne-Crowley
The Yak Dilemma is published as a book and ePub on April 15th. The book was designed by longtime Makina collaborator, Patrick Fisher of Frontwards Design and is colour offset litho printed, section sewn perfect binding with flapped covers.
If you are a bookseller or reviewer and would like to request review copies, please email email@example.com.Preorder The Yak Dilemma with a free print and vinyl sticker
Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal was recently a guest on Episode 9 of the Unlaunched Books Podcast, also featuring Evgeny Shtorn and Oein DeBhairduin in conversation with Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe.
Strangers ePub and feature in this is tomorrow
I’m delighted that Rebecca Tamás’ Rathbones Folio longlisted book, Strangers is going to be our first ePublication. The book was recently reviewed by Nina Hanz in this is tomorrow and a shorter version of one of On Watermelon is available to read at Tribune Magazine.https://tribunemag.co.uk/2021/
Thank youI feel lucky to be juggling many good projects at the moment. I have been working hard to push the boundaries and reach of what we’ll do with the press this year. Please support us by buying a book directly, telling friend or supporting one of the bookshops below.
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London: Books Peckham • Brick Lane Bookshop • Burley Fisher • Camden Art Centre • Caught By The River • Chener Books • Dulwich Books • Foyles • Fox Lane Books • Housmans • John Sandoe Books • London Review Bookshop • Pages of Hackney • Review, Peckham • Riverside Bookshop • South London Gallery • Tate Modern • Tenderbooks • Treadwell’s • Waterstones
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Edinburgh: Lighthouse Bookshop • Topping, Edinburgh • The Portobello Bookshop
UK: Blackwells • HOME, Manchester • Mr B’s Emporium • Margate Bookshop • No Alibis • Rare Mags • Storysmith • Storytellers Inc • Topping, St Andrews • Topping, Bath • Village Books • Waterstones
Ireland: Books Upstairs
Overseas: After 8 Books (Paris) • Athenaeum Boekhandel (Amsterdam) • The Moon (Singapore) • Zabriskie (Berlin)March 3, 2021