From a Borrowed Land


Marked by trauma, From a Borrowed Land bears witness to the Tamil experience during the Sri Lankan civil war. From the safety of ‘the borrowed land’, these poems remember and grieve both historical and personal loss: loss of lives, of a homeland, of a language, and of a way of life.

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Published May 2021

What Writers and Critics Think

  • With elegant ferocity this pamphlet speaks for 'a people now without a place' – a people almost totally unrepresented, invisible, in the Western media. Even (especially) if these Troubles are not your Troubles, you need to read these astringent yet illuminatingly subtle poems.

    Vidyan Ravinthiran
  • Shash Trevett writes with evocative clarity. This is a troubling and enriching body of work, including both original poems and translations, woven together into one distinctive voice.

    Sasha Dugdale
  • Shash Trevett's poetic voice is subtle yet echoes her controlled anger when singing about flattened tombstones and dispossessed people. The interior landscapes she paints in this volume remind us of classical and colourful old Tamil poetry while exuding contemporary realities.



Shash Trevett is a Tamil from Sri Lanka who came to the UK as a refugee to escape the civil war. She has collaborated with artists and composers and is a winner of a Northern Writers’ Award. She is currently co-editing an anthology of Tamil, English and Sinhala poetry from Sri Lanka and its diaspora communities. Shash was a 2021 Visible Communities Translator in Residence at the National Writing Centre, and in collaboration with Manasamitra, has completed a Residency at Opera North. She is a Board Member of Modern Poetry in Translation.

Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions 21 × 14.9 × 0.3 cm

Pamphlet, eBook (ePub)


978-1-912196-64-7, 978-1-912196-82-1



Publication Year

May 2021