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Goodbye, 2018: Tishani Doshi

As 2018 ends, and we turn to 2019, I felt like asking a few people who inspired me this year to reflect on the year that was.

We start the conversation with the ever-inspiring poet Tishani Doshi.

Photo Credits: Carlo Pizzati

What's the nicest thing you did for someone in 2018?

I didn't disown my dog for finding another woman to call home. He moves between my house and the neighbour's. He's an independent spirit, so I honour it, even though it breaks my heart.

Has 2018 been a good year for you in terms of productivity and creativity? What all did you work on this year?

I finished a novel. Wrote poems. Interviewed about 35 writers. Published lots of articles and essays. Did not improve my Italian or cooking skills, but walked many miles, jogged a few, performed on many stages. Spent lots of time with beloveds. 

Which film that you saw this year changed something in you?

The Favourite by Yorgos Lanthimos

Which song/s did you listen to on loop this year?

Elgar's Cello concerto and Young Thug's Anybody

Best book you read this year?

ARGH - impossible question. Best book is always the book you're reading - Natalie Shapero's Hard Child (copper canyon press)

Please pick a few words to represent how 2018 has been for you.

2018 was large, funny, generous, wandering, grounded, animal-friendly. 

What's your 2018 takeaway?

NEED. MORE. LANGUIDITY What's 2019 looking like for you? What are your goals/plans/dreams for the year ahead?


If you haven't already, read Tishani's poetry here. You're welcome.


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