Daljit Nagra comes from a Punjabi background. He was born and raised in London then Sheffield. He has won several prestigious prizes for his poetry. In 2003, nurse his pamphlet Oh My Rub! was the first ever PBS Choice. In 2004 he won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem with Look We Have Coming to Dover! This was also the title of his first collection which was published by Faber & Faber in 2007. This won the South Bank Show Decibel Award, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was nominated for The Costa Prize, The Guardian First Book Prize, the Aldeburgh Prize and the Glen Dimplex Award. His second collection, Tippoo Sultan’s Incredible White-Man Eating Tiger-Toy Machine!!! was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize as was his most recent book, Ramayana. In 2014 he won the Royal Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship Award. In October 2015 he became Radio 4s first ever Poet in Residence.
Daljit’s poems have been published in New Yorker, Poetry Chicago, Atlantic Review, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, Poetry London, Poetry International, Rialto and The North, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Times, The Telegraph and The Independent.
He has performed and ran workshops at venues such as Banff, Calgary, Toronto, Bratislava, Galle, Mumbai, Delhi, Kathmandu, Orkney, Belfast, Dublin, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, St Andrews, Edinburgh and Ty Newydd.
Daljit has been on the Board of the Poetry Book Society and the Poetry Archive. He has judged the Samuel Johnson Award 2008, The Guardian First Book Prize 2008, The Foyles Young Poets Competition 2008, The National Poetry Competition 2009, the Costa Poetry category and the overall winner in 2012. He has also hosted the TS Eliot Poetry Readings 2009. He was the Keats’ House Poet-In-Residence from July 2014 – June 2015, and he was an Eton College Wisdom Scholar in November 2014. He is a Poetry Tutor at The Faber Academy.
He is a regular contributor to BBC radio and has written articles for The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Times of India.