Anita Sivakumaran whose stories appeared in Volumes 4 and 6 of Riptide, has recently published a book of poetry: ‘Sips That Make a Poison Woman’. Her poem The Dog won the 2010 Ravenglass Poetry Press Competition and the prize was publication of the poetry collection. Graham Mort described it as ‘an ironic simplicity of diction, forming narratives that have the force of parables where the everyday becomes mythic and the mythic takes on demotic form.’ This year, her poem Dark Skin was long listed for the Montreal International Poetry Prize.
Anita also won the Grassroutes £1,000 creative writing commission at the University of Leicester where she is currently a PhD student. The commissioned work was to be featured at two Grassroutes exhibitions of creative writing in Leicestershire Libraries and in the David Wilson Library at the University of Leicester to coincide with the Literary Leicester festival.