[Reader-list] [Announcements] Remembering Dom Moraes (via ZEST Poets)

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Tue Jun 22 17:24:56 IST 2004

Memorial Meeting for Dom Moraes

Tuesday, 22 June 2004, 6:30 pm
Conference Room 1, India International Centre, Delhi

Tributes and readings from a selection of works by Mr.
Marsden, Director, British Council Division; H.E. Mr.
McDonagh, Ambassador of Ireland; Shri P.C. Sen,
Director, India
International Centre; Shri Sudeep Banerjee, Additional
Ministry of Human Resource Development; Dr. Geeti Sen;
and well
known artists and writers including Shri Roshan Seth,
Shri Sunit
Tandon and Shri Jatin Das

Chair: Shri Keki N. Daruwalla

(In collaboration with The Poetry Society of India and
Council Division)

Dom Moraes

Dom Moraes was born in Bombay in 1938. His father was
the editor and
author Frank Moraes. With him, Dom Moraes as a child
through Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and the
whole of South-East
Asia, territories he was often to revisit in the
course of his
career. He began to write poetry at the age of twelve.
By fifteen
W.H. Auden had read and liked his poems. Stephen
Spender published
them in Encounter and Karl Shapiro did so in Poetry
Chicago. At
nineteen he published his first book of poems, A
Beginning, with the
Parton Press in London which won the Hawthornden Prize
for the best
work of the imagination in 1958. Moraes remains the
first non-English
person to win this prize, also the youngest.

In 1960 his second book of verse, Poems, became the
Autumn Choice of
the Poetry Book Society. In 1965 his third book of
verse, John
Nobody, appeared to much critical acclaim. Apart from
these three
volumes, he published a pamphlet of verse, Beldam &
Others, in 1967.
In 1983 he published a privately printed book of
poems, Absences, and
in 1987 his Collected Poems appeared.

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