Read On 2 – Book

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‘Read On 2’ is a short collection of poetry published by the AWWC in 1994. Most of the works in the collection emerged from the Collective’s weekly meetings or workshops and were discussed, edited and re-written during the workshop process. The collection consists of thirty-three poems, out of which we have digitised the following works: “Indian Ocean” by Maya Chowdhry, which uses the sea as a metaphor to discuss identity and geographic boundaries; “Mother Hate” by Afshan Malik explores themes of hate and familial discord; Shanta Acharya’s “Ganesh Puja”, reflects on the experience of worship; “Don’t Get Me Started Gidha Pa”, by Chila Burman, comments on the experiences of growing up in Britain as an Asian teenager; “One Love” by Shamshad Khan, is a poem about love and intimacy; homelessness is the theme of “My Home” by Siu Won Ng; “Place in Southall” by Parminder Sekhon highlights racism in Southall; and “Black Hole” by Kamila Zahno discusses the concept of identity.

Date of Creation / Publication1994
CreatorAsian Women Writers Collective
Associated Person/ OrganisationRandhawa, Ravinder; Chowdhry, Maya
Collection and Reference NumberAsian Women Writers Collective (AWWC) (GB 2661 AWWC)
Catalogue NumberAWWC/PUB/RO2
CopyrightAsian Women Writers Collective/ individual writer / publisher
Access to originalsThe originals are located in the SALIDAA archive.
Series notesThe Asian Women Writers Collective published two major anthologies of short stories and poetry, 'Right of Way' in 1989 and 'Flaming Spirit' in 1994. Both anthologies required a lengthy and intensive selection process as the AWWC received a large volume of submissions. They also published an in-house collection of new works, 'Read On', in February 1990, and a collection of poetry, 'Read On 2' in 1994. Their fifth publication, 'When I Say No' contains writings from workshops conducted in five cities throughout England.
Collection notesThe materials from the Asian Women Writers Collective archives consist of two categories: items which belong to publications such as short stories, poems and writings from workshops and administrative and outreach material such as membership information, correspondence and information about events hosted by the organisation.