Rishi Dastidar

Tutor for Creative and Professional Writing

Rishi Dastidar has a dual career as a brand strategist / copywriter and as a poet. In the former, he has written for a wide number of different brands including O2, EDF Energy, Skoda, EY, Barclays and Spotify. In 2018 he served as a jury member for the prestigious D&AD Awards, and is also a long-standing member of 26, the organisation for creative writers in advertising and design.

His poetry has been published by Financial Times, New Scientist, Tate Modern and London’s Southbank Centre amongst many others. His debut collection Ticker-tape is published in the UK by Nine Arches Press, a poem from which was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018.

A fellow of The Complete Works, the Arts Council England funded programme for poets of colour, he is a consulting editor at The Rialto magazine, and also a member of the Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective. He serves as chair of the London-based writer development organization Spread The Word, and occasionally teaches for the Poetry School.

In 2016 he was commissioned by the BBC to write and perform a poem for National Poetry Day. He has been a runner-up in the 2011 Cardiff International Poetry Competition, and the 2014 Troubadour International Poetry Prize, and in 2016 was long-listed in the UK’s National Poetry Competition.






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