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Casting announced for Siddhartha Bose’s No Dogs, No Indians

A company of four British/ South Asian actors will take roles in new play No Dogs, No Indians, which examines three generations of resistance, sacrifice and discovery at the end of the British Empire in India and in the years that followed.

A major modern re-imagining of a medieval poem of crisis

Penned in the Margins invites you to step back through time and explore a world of inequality, political corruption and spiritual crisis in Fair Field _ 11 May to 9 July, National Poetry Library, London (FREE exhibition) 30 June & 1 July, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Herefordshire (performances) 7 July & 8 July, Shoreditch Town Hall, [...]

Luke Kennard’s Cain shortlisted for 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize

We’re delighted to announce that Luke Kennard’s poetry collection Cain, published by Penned in the Margins in June 2016, has been shortlisted for the 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize. Launched in 2006, the accolade is the largest literary prize in the world for young writers at £30,000. The shortlist, announced on 28 March in partnership [...]

Chris McCabe on Resurrecting William Onions at Tower Hamlets Cemetery

Of all of the dead poets I’ve found so far on my way around London’s Magnificent Seven cemeteries, William ‘Spring’ Onions is the one that seems to have arrived in life via fiction. Onions was arrested over 500 times for various misdemeanours in the East End and eventually used poetry as a replacement for the [...]

Casting Call: No Dogs, No Indians

We are on the look out for four actors to star in our upcoming production of Siddhartha Bose’s play No Dogs, No Indians, written to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence. In No Dogs, No Indians intertwining stories explore the effects and legacy of the British in India through characters such as Rani, an 1930s [...]