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Splinters of a Miage Dawn, Anthology of Migrant Poetry of South Africa
Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Splinters of a Miage Dawn, Anthology of Migrant Poetry of South Africa, short listed for the prestigious National Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences Book Award


At a glittering function held at Parktown, Johannesburg, our book Splinters of a Mirage Dawn, Anthology of Migrant Poetry of South Africa immortalized itself in the section ‘Edited Fiction Volume’ as the only one shortlisted. Dr. Naomi Nkealah received the citations on behalf of the book and its contributor poets. The Hon Minister for Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, gave away the honors. This recognition seals the achievement of creative and poetic voices of millions who came to South Africa, becoming part of it, participating shoulder to shoulder in developing, ethnic understanding and integrating within the contemporary African poetry movement.

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Migrant tales earn top book prize for EL doctor
Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Daily Dispatch - April 11, 2016

East London doctor, Amitabh Mitra, who doubles as a published poet, had a book shortlisted for the recent inaugural National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) awards for book, creative and digital collections in the edited fiction volume for his poetry book, Splinters of a Mirage Dawn: Anthology of Migrant Poetry of South Africa.

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Doctorís passion keeps the arts alive
Tuesday, 04 June 2013
By DAVID MACGREGOR on June 3 in the Daily Dispatch

doctors-passion-keeps-the-arts-alive When he is not dealing with the daily trauma and heartache as head of accident and emergency at Mdantsane’s busy Cecilia Makiwane Hospital, Dr Amitabh Mitra unwinds by putting pen to paper or splashing colour on canvas.

As a founder member of East London’s acclaimed Poets Printery – which specialises in giving exposure to little known southern African and south Asian wordsmiths – Indianborn Dr Mitra says publishing is more about spreading the rhyme than making money.

“Publishing poetry is loss-making,” he admits.

Producing up to 14 books a year since 2004, the Poets Printery stays alive by knocking off small print runs of poems “that you will not find on the shelves of Exclusive Books”.

Available at selected bookshops across the country or abroad online, Mitra says the grassroots publishing company is so passionate about keeping the arts alive, they often use his, or anonymous donors’ money to give a voice to the voiceless.

“If you think our books are too expensive we will give them to you for less – because it is not about the money, but about loving the books


of and wanting to read them.”

Mitra says Poets Printery subscribes to the philosophy of renowned Grameen bank founder Mohammed Yunus, who won a Nobel Prize for his work, lending money to the poor.

“Just like the Grameen Bank, we make sure we never make a profit.”

Instead, any money that comes in is ploughed into the next project including the soon-to-be-launched collection of “migrant poetry” that features anything from xenophobia to primary healthcare for migrant populations in South Africa.

Born into royalty in Gwalior, known as the City of Palaces, the 55year-old doctor worked in extreme and remote locations around the world before arriving at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital 19 years ago.

“I have always been inspired by the places where I live and work. I have written poetry and painted for as long as I can remember; it is the way I unwind.”

Mitra says South Africa boasts a rich tradition of poetry going back hundreds of years, but it has sadly been neglected in modern times.

Anonymous donors recently helped fund the For Rhino in a Shrinking World: an International Anthology to try and raise awareness and funds for conservation.

The brainchild of Grahamstown poet Harry Owen, the anthology features work from all over the world.

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Symposium and Hippocrates Award for Poetry and Medicine
Wednesday, 02 May 2012
Exhibiting as Posters, my Poetry/Art titled: Poems from Makiwane
in London on Saturday 12th May 2012 at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Poetry Workshop, conducted by Dr. Amitabh Mitra
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
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I was amazed by the impromptu poetry creation and recitation by scholars from Selborne and Clarendon School who have received the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Award.
Ricardo Johnson, Development Officer of the Foundation, facilitated the programme.
The Workshop was held at Selborne School, East London on the 16th March 2012.

- Dr Amitabh Mitra

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