Are you looking to be inspired, entertained, and even enlightened?

Then join us for our annual candle-lit celebration of lyrical poetry. In the homes and palaces of South Asian nobility, mehfils were gatherings where audiences would be treated to intimate evenings of courtly entertainment.

Today, our mehfil infuses the traditional event with a diverse set of voices and innovative performances that will stay in your mind long after the night is over.

We’re joined by Nadine Aisha Jassat, Charly Cox, Sophia Thakur, Sabrina Mahfouz and Juan Felipe Herrera. The evening will conclude with a performance by award-winning poet Imtiaz Dharker.

About The Poets

Imtiaz Dharker

Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and video film maker. Awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, 2014, her six collections include Over the Moon and her latest, Luck Is the Hook. Her poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4 as well as the BBC World Service.


Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015 – 2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position. Herrera’s many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage, Senegal Taxi, Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems. He was a recipient of the PEN, Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Sophia Thakur

A multi-award-winning writer and poet, Sophia Thakur is a unique voice. She has collaborated with the likes of MTV, NIKE, TEDx, and performed her work at some of the UK’s biggest music festivals and venues including Glastonbury, Roundhouse, Tate Britain and many more. Sophia’s debut poetry collection  SOMEBODY GIVE THIS HEART A PEN was published in October 2019.



Charly Cox

Charly Cox is a writer, producer and poet. Her writing focuses on destigmatizing mental health and the coming-of-age of a young woman surviving the modern world. ‘She Must Be Mad’ is Charly’s first book.


Nadine Aisha Jassat

Nadine Aisha Jassat is a poet and writer who has contributed to It’s Not About the Burqa (Picador) and 404 Ink’s highly-praised Nasty Women. Her debut poetry collection Let Me Tell You This was shortlisted for the prestigious Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and was recently included in Jackie Kay’s selection of ten compelling BAME writers working in the UK for the National Centre for Writing’s International Literature Showcase.