Hannah Hodgson leads Poetry Please, choosing poems on disability and by disabled poets, and I will be reading one of my poems on BBC Radio 4! 

Make sure you're near a radio this Sunday 15 May 2022 at 16:30 - you do not want to miss this! Click here to listen.


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  • Poetry Pamphlet

About Kuli

Greetings, Sat Sri Akaal, Namaste and welcome to my world.  

I am a creative writer, poet, mother, wife and retired council worker.

I was born with mild cerebral palsy in northern India and moved to England at an early age. I live with my family in Wolverhampton and worked for Wolverhampton City Council for 32 years (1989 - 2021).

I am very excited that I have been appointed Poet Laureate of the City of Wolverhampton 2022 to 2024! It makes me so very proud to be an advocate for Indian people, Wulfrunians, Punjabis, the disabled and for women. 

My story was featured on the BBC News online website on 30 August 2020. It has had over 1.7 million views worldwide. Click here to read.   

 

I am proud to present my full poetry collection “A Wonder Woman” published by Offa's Press, which launches on 12th April 2021.  

Blurb:

A Wonder Woman is a powerful collection of poems of experience and wisdom, innocence of the world and wonder of its various beauties and struggles.  It is full of love and surprises and will delight Kuli's many admirers and followers.

For your copy please email me or contact Offa's Press shop online: http://offaspress.co.uk/shop/

Please click on the yellow link to see this wonderful book review by Neil Leadbeater! 

 

I was featured on BBC one's Sunday Morning Live show on 27 September 2020. Please see the clip below:

 

I have been a dedicated member of Blakenhall Writers' Group for many years. 

Also we have established a new writers group dedicated to Punjabi Women in Wolverhampton, which I run on the last Wednesday of the month (5:15 - 6:45pm) at Central Library, Snow Hill in Wolverhampton. For more information about the Punjabi Women's Writing Group please contact me. 

In November 2018, I was invited to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany to read and discuss my life as a 'British Disabled Women Writer'. The lecture at the University was very successful and I enjoyed every moment of it.

I have had a passion for writing since childhood. Writing has opened up all sorts of possibilities for me as I struggle to express myself because of my disability. Having the ability to write has made my life richer and more rewarding. 

'Rag Doll' was my first self published collection of poetry and prose (now out of print).

I have also written a novel called 'Dangerous Games - What Will People Say?'about living with cerebral palsy in an Asian household in Britain which I am hoping to get published.

I write a regular blog for Disability Arts Online. Click to read. 

 

EVENTS: Summer 2022

June 4 'Away with the Birds!' Poetry Writing workshop at Pant on the theme of ‘birds’ with Kuli Kohli and Simon Fletcher. We’ll be sharing ways to write poetry about birds (symbolic, metaphorical and ecological) and the workshop will include a short walk in the nearby nature reserve.

Meet at Pant village hall, Pant, near Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 9QG, 10am-4pm. Bring your own lunch and sensible clothing. A pair of binoculars would be good, also. Refreshments will be provided. Tickets £25/£20. There is ample parking at the hall. For more info please email: info@offaspress.co.uk

Kuli Kohli was a keen member of the Young Ornithologists’ Club as a child and is now an RSPB supporter. Simon’s a member of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

Cherry Doyle interviewed me at the Wolverhampton Literature Festival 2021 - In Conversation With Kuli Kohli.