Routes by Rhiya Pau

ISBNs Print: 978-1-913665-71-5 eBook: 978-1-913665-72-2 Audiobook: 978-1-913665-73-9

24/11/2022 84pp £9.99 /£4.00 POETRY

Poetry exploring the routes taken by Rhiya Pau’s parents and grandparents across multiple countries to arrive in the UK. Specifically linked to the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Ugandan Asians in the UK

young asian woman with long hair smiling up at camera

At the core of this debut collection is a question – what is worth holding onto?

Through poetic experiments that blend the academic and the artistic, Rhiya Pau queries complex characters and tender landscapes. Routes journeys from Ba’s kitchen in Sonia Gardens to Independence hour in Delhi, across the pink shores of Nakuru, to meet a painter on Lee High Road. 

Celebrating fifty years since her community arrived in the UK, Pau chronicles the migratory histories of her ancestors and simultaneously lays bare the conflicts of identity that arise from being a member of the East African-Indian diaspora. In this multilingual discourse exhibiting vast formal range, Pau wrestles with language, narrative and memory, daring to navigate their collective fallibilities to create her own identity.