‘Rebellious by nature, pure at heart' - The Times of India
'John Siddique's poetry takes the reader on a journey, crossing the border country between love and loss. Interested in exploring opposite worlds and seeming contradictions; sometimes steamy, often moving, his poetry is a brilliant balancing act.’ - Jackie Kay
'A stellar British poet' - The Spectator
'A poet full of surprises and racing energy' - The Rialto
'One of the best poets of our generation'- Bina Shah
BBC Radio 3 - The Essay ' The Culture of Partition'
My essay for BBC Radio 3 ‘The Culture of Partition,’ aired recently, and is now available on BBC iPlayer. It is also available as a download, so that you might listen to it anywhere you wish.
I’m very very happy with it, and feel it communicates gently and from the heart. Not everything we recorded made it to the final cut because of time constrains, so I’m going to see if I can find a way to publish the fuller version of the text at some point.
The Aleph Review
Two new prose poems appear in the inaugral issue of The Aleph review: All I Want To Do Is To Sing The Names Of God, and In The Footsteps Of Myself #1. The Aleph is published by Broken Leg Publications and is a truly beautiful volume akin to The Paris Review, and to Granta. I hope it goes well as it establishes itself.
Two poems The Years Ahead Are Heavy, and Last Skies of The Year will appear in the December 2017 issue of Wasifiri Magazine. Wasifiri is one of the best magazines in the world for inclusive writing, and I'm deeply happy to publish these two poems with them which I feel are some of my best recent writings.
Bloomsbury Food Anthology
My poem Unexpected Guests will appear in this as yet untitled collection from Bloomsbury in the Autumn of 2018, so perhaps have a snack while we wait for this one.
Royal Literary Fund Interview With John
In this interview/podcast I explore how literature can a proxy family for those growing up in difficult circumstances, and we discuss the power and the uses of colours in my work.
Appearances, Readings and Events
Currently being human, meeting life in the heart, and writing things down that are true and beautiful.