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Another Way to Split Water longlisted for The Jhalak Prize!

  15 Mar '23   |  Posted by: Birlinn

We are delighted to share the news that Another Way to Split Water, the debut poetry collection by Alycia Pirmohamed, has been longlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2023! This prize seeks to celebrate books by British/British resident BAME writers across all genres, and was founded in 2017.

Prize director Sunny Singh said: “This year’s longlists feature books about mourning and memorialisation, survival and resilience, and most of all, finding hope, courage and joy in the unlikeliest of places.”

Read more about this remarkable collection:

In Alycia Pirmohamed’s debut collection, Another Way to Split Water, a woman’s body expands and contracts across the page, fog uncoils at the fringes of a forest, and water in all its forms cascades into metaphors of longing and separation just as often as it signals inheritance, revival, and recuperation. Language unfolds into unforgettable and arresting imagery, offering a map toward self-understanding that is deeply rooted in place.

These poems are a lyrical exploration of how ancestral memory reforms and transforms throughout generations, through stories told and retold, imagined and reimagined. It is a meditation on womanhood, belonging, faith, intimacy, and the natural world.

Find out more about the longlist on the Jhalak Prize website.

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