(born 2 February 1954) is a Pakistani
-British poet and writer.
Life and education
Moniza Alvi was born in Lahore
. She was the daughter of a Pakistani father and an English mother. Her father moved to Hatfield, Hertfordshire
in England when she was a few months old. She did not revisit Pakistan until after the publication of her first book of poems - The Country over my Shoulder
. She worked for several years as a high school teacher, but is now a freelance writer and tutor for the Open College of the Arts
, living in London. She and her husband, Robert, have a daughter named Alice.
Alvi says: "Presents from My Aunts...was one of the first poems I wrote. When I wrote this poem, I hadn't actually been back to Pakistan. The girl in the poem would be me at about 13. The clothes seem to stick to her in an uncomfortable way, a bit like a kind of false skin, and she thinks things aren't straightforward for her.I found it was important to write the Pakistan poems because I was getting in touch with my background. And maybe there's a bit of a message behind the poems about something I went through, that I want to maybe open a few doors if possible." Peacock Luggage
, a book of poems by Moniza Alvi and Peter Daniels
, was published as a result of the two poets winning together the Poetry Business Prize in 1991, in Alvi's case for 'Presents from my aunts in Pakistan'. Accessed 8 April... Read More