Published by Yogesh Patel
'While Ars Notoria has a declared political position, as one of the editors here I am not limited to it, but hold wider views. Poetry is democratic. Though my work is known for promoting diaspora poets, through this platform, I want to epitomise everything poetry, creating a space that is not black and white!'
Yogesh Patel received an MBE for literature in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2020. Honoured also with the Freedom of the City of London, he edits eSkylark, runs Skylark Publications UK and a non-profit Word Masala project to promote SA diaspora literature. In 2020, Edxecel adopted his recent eAntholgy of Diaspora poets for the National Curriculum. Yogesh founded the literary charity, Gujarati Literary Academy. With LP records, films, radio, children’s book, fiction and non-fiction books, and three poetry collections to his credit, in 2017, he was presented to The Queen at Buckingham Palace. A recipient of many awards, including an honour in April 2019 at the New York University as a Poet-of-Honor, he has read in the House of Lords and at the National Poetry Library as well as at many prestigious venues around the world. His last collection of poems, Swimming with Whales, was published in 2017.
His writing has appeared in PN Review, The London Magazine, Shearsman, Asia Literary Review, Under the Radar, IOTA, Envoi, Understanding, Orbis, on BBC TV and Radio, and more. He is also anthologised in MacMillan, Redbeck and other anthologies. By profession, Yogesh is a qualified optometrist and an accountant. Author’s Websites: www.patelyogesh.co.uk and www.skylarkpublications.co.uk
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