Noshi Gilani

(14 March 1964 / Bahawalpur, Punjab / Pakistan)

Biography of Noshi Gilani

Noshi Gilani poet

Noshi Gilani (Urdu: نوشی گیلانی ) (born in 1964 in Bahawalpur, Pakistan) is an Urdu poet of international fame and a former academic from the Bahawalpur University, Punjab, Pakistan.

She is one of the leading Urdu poets in Pakistan and has successfully published five collections of poetry.

In 2008, her poetry was translated into English and her poems were read in the UK, with the Poetry Translation Centre's World Poets' Tour.

She hosted a tribute to folk singer Pathanay Khan, sponsored by the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).

Personal Life

Noshi Gilani settled in San Francisco USA in 1995 but after her marriage to Saeed Khan she decided to move to Australia. She married Saeed Khan, an Australian-based Urdu poet on 25 October 2008 and they currectly reside in Sydney Australia. It was reported by her mother Mrs. Sarwar Gilani Sahiba, a professor of Urdu and Persian languages and literature, died in Bahawalpur, Pakistan.

Works

The candour and frankness of her highly-charged poems is unusual for a woman writing in Urdu and she has gained a committed international audience, performing regularly at large poetry gatherings in Pakistan, Australia, Canada and the US. Unknown outside the Pakistani community, the translations here mark her introduction to an English-speaking audience.

She is a member of younger generation of female poets. Her experience of living in US shows a notable impact on her significant number of poems. Living through Diaspora has increased the complexity of her poems and reinforced her sense of female identity and introduced a new revolution against restraint creative writers in Pakistani society.

Noshi Gilani's Works:

1. Mohabatain Jab Sumar Kurna (When you would count affections, 1993)
2. Udas Honay Kay Din Naheen (These are not the days of sadeness, 1997)
3. Pehla Lafz Mohabat Likha (The first word was written "Love", 2003)
4. Selected poems like Ay Meeray Shareek-E-Risal-E-Jaan,
5. Hum Tera Intezaar Kurtey Rahey (And I kept waiting you!) (2008).
6. Noshi Gillani poems, Enitharmon Press, (15 Sep 2008), translators: Lavinia Greenlaw; Nukhbah Langah.

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A Change Of Season

A change of season
Exposes something
Hidden in her fear:
A way across that island
Lit by the pain in her eyes

[Translated by Nukhbah Langah and Lavinia Greenlaw]

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