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Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017- Jemima Foxtrot got me writing




The leaves under my feet rustle

The fir trees feel alive;

As I look up to see the sun

The birds scream and off they fly;

I gotta have faith.

The road disappears and the path vanishes

I find myself in the middle of nowhere;

I gotta have faith, faith, faith;

I gotta have faith.

The sun flashes its rays

All around me spreads the light;

As I look up to see the ball of fire

I feel a presence, but there’s no one in sight;

I gotta have faith.

Ftom the distance comes a sweet shout

I hear her calling my name;

“Where are you Artika?” she pleads

” For goodness sake, this is not a game.”

I gotta have faith, faith, faith.

I gotta have faith!

By Artika Bakshi

PS- An hour and a half with Jemima and in 20 minutes I penned this down.

A session to remember!



Jemima is a performance poet and singer who blends powerful, sonic heavy poetry about modern life with snippets of her favourite artists’ songs – as well as her own – in a belting singing voice that will knock you for six.

Shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Spoken Word Fellowship 2015, Jemima performs extensively across the country. Her poetry film Mirror, commissioned by BBC Arts as part of their Women who Spit series, is available on iplayer. She has also appeared on Lynn Barber’s episode of Arts Night on BBC2.

Jemima’s debut poetry show Melody, won the spoken word award at Buxton Fringe Festival 2015 and was critically acclaimed at its run at the PBH Free Fringe at Edinburgh 2015, receiving several 4 star reviews. Melody is touring in 2016.

Jemima recently performed in the Barbican main hall as part of Doug Aitken’s Station to Station project alongside poetry legends including Simon Armitage and Don Paterson for a special concert curated by and featuring Beck.

Jemima is also an experienced Workshop facilitator who works with children of all ages as well as with vulnerable adults.


About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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