Yogesh Patel will hold all rights here as long as people will put their money in poet’s hat!
The Freedom of the City of London
Diploma for the Excellence in Poetry in Scottish International open poetry competition
Became FRSA in 1978
Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.
F R Vanson Memorial Award of International Poetry Society
Trophy from Gujarat Samachar & New Life Newspapers
My copy of the Bottled Ganges arrived safely. I had a quick read and enjoyed it greatly. I liked The Values, of course, but also God and the Translator and A Dialogue. I look forward to reading others.
The Lord (Prof) Bhikhu Parekh of Kingston upon Hull
I enjoyed reading your collection of beautiful verses and was moved by the thoughts these conveyed. May I single out, "A Crow Without Skin". The mention of Enoch Powell, the Britishman and Brahma made my day.
Please keep writing. I for one will always enjoy a touch of sarcasm accompanied by reality in many of your poems
The Lord Dholakia of Waltham Brooks OBE DL ,The Deputy Leader:Liberal Party
Yogesh Patel observes both the mundane and the unexpected, and is fearless in writing what he observes. In his poem, 'Optimism', he writes that 'In the middle of Kurukshetra / Arjun is scratching his head off'! These are poems by an 'outsider' -
Dr Debjani Chatterjee, MBE
Yogesh Patel Receives
Vatayan International Award
The Outstanding Achievements in Poetry
House of Lords
19th May 2016
Yogesh Patel with The Queen representing poetry and the Word Masala Foundation.
IYogesh Patel is Jonah, Ishmael, Queequeg and Moby Dick himself: he knows what is owed to whales, how mighty and how vulnerable they are, and what we owe them by way of nourishment and light. His whales are enormous symbols swimming all the seas of the world and
defining us as they go.
Michael Schmidt OBE FRSL, General Editor, PN Review
With marvelous twists and turns of language and breath, Yogesh Patel's book length meditation draws us into the life and death of the young whale lost in the Thames river, a poignant icon for the migrant self. The voice moves through wit and sparks of joy, through bitterness and loss, rising into a fine balance -
imagination. Swimming with the Whales is relevant to our lives in a world of nationalisms gone awry, where our common humanity is so often ignored.
Meena Alexander, Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry Distinguished Professor of English, City University of New York
Our endangered world is celebrated by Patel in poems that hop, skip and transform the mundane into a magical adventure. No
subject is too distant for Patel’s keen eye and leviathan powers.
Swimming With Whales leads us into a liquid, liminal language-
Zata Banks, Founder-
Honours & Awards
A former co-
Apart from being a recipient of the IWWP award, the International Scottish Diploma for excellence in poetry, and an Hon. Diploma from the Italian University of Arts, he has won the Co-
(Yogesh has been published by Under the Radar, IOTA, Envoi, Understanding, Fire, Orbis, IPSE, BBC, Muse India, Confluence, Asian Voice, Skylark, and others. He is also anthologised in MacMillan, Redbeck and other anthologies. He has read at many prestigious venues, including the House of Lords and the National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre.)
Award presented by Baroness Flather. (R>L) Yogesh Patel, C B Patel, editor of Asian Voice and
Divya Mathur, founder-