Roshan Doug: Birmingham's Poet Laureate 2000-2001
Roshan Doug was Birmingham's fifth Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate position is an honorary one, and its main aim is to raise the profile of poetry across the city. Roshan officially took up his role in October 2000, and he performed at various festivals and events throughout the year.
Born in 1963, Roshan was educated at the University of Lancaster and the University of Nottingham. He has also held the post of Poet-in-Residence at Dudley College, and is also the Arts Editor of the award winning Spice Lifestyle, the only Asian cultural magazine in Britain.
He wrote a poem for BBC Children in Need and performed it live on the day. He has taken part of many literature festivals across the country (including Birmingham, Arvon Poetry Festival, Newcastle, Bradford and Lancashire). Roshan also took part in Birmingham's Artsfest. His work has been covered in newspapers and on television, both in Britain and abroad. These include The Times, The Independent, and India Today. Regionally, he has been in The Birmingham Post and the Express and Star. Roshan has been interviewed on Radio 4 and numerous regional radio stations (Leicester, Thames Valley, West Midlands, GLR, Hereford & Shropshire) and has appeared on local and satellite television (Central News, Central TV Spotlight Asia, See TV Breakfast News and TV Asia).
Roshan works with both students and professionals, offering poetry workshops in schools and educational establishments across the country. He has had collections of his poetry published. Charles Green Education has published The English-knowing Men (1999) and also Delusions (1995). " ....Thicker Than Water" (1998), which was a pamphlet with Wayne Dean-Richards has been published by Castle View Publications.