Roshan Doug was born in 1963. After obtaining a BA (Hons.) degree in English from Lancaster University he taught English at Athens University and in private language schools in Greece. He returned to England in 1988 and completed an MA in Modern English Literature at Nottingham University where he was also awarded Cripps’ Hall Residential Tutorship. Since then Doug has lectured in English language and literature at numerous colleges and universities in the UK and has travelled extensively in South America and the Far East. His first collection Delusion was published in 1995 which established him in the contemporary British poetry scene. The Socialist Review described him as ‘a refreshingly intelligent new voice in Anglo-Asian literature’.
Doug’s second collection, The English-knowing Men, was published in 1999 and short listed for the Forward Prize for the Best Collection for that year for its ‘outstanding stylistic versatility and an abundance of rich romantic imagery’. His most recent book, a collection of elegies, The Delicate Falling of a God (2002), was inspired by the terrorist attacks in the United States in 2001. He is a member of poetryclass run by the Poetry Society of Great Britain, where he works with pupils and staff on INSET training, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has also been a poet-in-residence at The Rep. and writer in residence at The Barbican and was appointed Birmingham Poet Laureate in 2001. This accolade has seen him produce a number of high profile commissioned poems for organisations such as the National Gallery, Waterhall Gallery in Birmingham and, Buckingham Palace, for the Queen’s 75th birthday.
Doug has appeared at a number of book festivals including the Ledbury Poetry Festival where he continues to work as a schools’ poet.
Over the years, Doug’s work has appeared in a number of leading newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Times, and The Daily Telegraph as well as international publications such as India Abroad, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor and, The Times of India. He is also a columnist/blogger for The Daily Mail.
As a former examiner in English for AQA, academic and critic, he is regularly invited to give talks and papers on socio-political-educational issues such as how to incorporate cultural diversity in curriculum planning, the politics of multiculturalism and funding for poetry and the arts in schools and colleges.
Doug is also a BBC broadcaster and freelance writer. He has presented a number of BBC Radio 4 arts programmes including a series of features on Asian Single Parents, themes in Anglo-Asian poetry, History of Chinese poetry, Indian poetry and, socio-political poetry of Cuba. His programme Something Understood: The Good Father (standing-in for Mark Tully) was nominated for the Sony Radio Award. In 2003 he was also short-listed for the Asian Jewel Awards for his contribution to the Arts and the Media.
He is currently working on his new collection of poetry and writing a semi-autobiographical novel. He is also a visiting professor in English, Creative Writing and Journalism and a doctoral researcher at Birmingham University where he is writing a thesis on the politics of teaching poetry and the nature of cultural identity in the classroom.