Residential Writing Week: Writing for Children and Young People
Planting Story-Seeds of Hope
Nikita Gill is a Irish-Indian poet with a world-wide fan-base, who has the attention of 600,000 Instagram followers for poetry collections and plays that offer a largely female readership the chance to recognise the value of their own experiences. She discovered her own poetry vocation as a schoolgirl in New Delhi through reading the work of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost: she now champions the work of others, particularly the new generation of young poets who discovered the power of poetry online and are as happy streaming new work as reading it in books.
Nikita has given a Tedx Talk, spoken at every major literary festival in the U.K., been shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Award in poetry twice and has collaborated with musician Anoushka Shankar, most recently on the single In Her Name. She has written for or been featured in The New York Times, The Times, The Financial Times, the Guardian, Stylist Magazine, The Bookseller, Cosmopolitan, The Times of India, Eastern Eye and many more. Gill has written seven collections of poetry, and a novel in verse which highlights Hindu mythology. Her YA poetry collection These Are The Words was published in 2022.