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‘It is irresponsible, his work seems to suggest, for the lyric poet to ignore what distracts him.’

Rukhsana Ahmad speaks with John Siddique about her peripatetic childhood in Pakistan, how her concern for other people motivates her to keep writing across years and genres, and how she’s avoided the constraints of the ‘post-colonial’.

‘Many times I’ve said I’ve had I enough, I’m getting a real job; I can’t take the uncertainty anymore. Then I get an idea.’