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A Terrible Thing - Gita Ralleigh


Gita Ralleigh

Gita Ralleigh's book of poetry 'A Terrible Thing' is now available in paperback.

Published by Bad Betty Press on 22nd October, A Terrible Thing is a poetry collection featuring goddesses of diverse cultures, girls, women and mothers in all their A Terrible Thing Front Coverterrible beauty and power. 

The works speak of diaspora and the way landscape holds memory, the precarious power of girlhood, the terrible love of motherhood and issue a rallying cry for us to live fearlessly ‘as wise women, who rule the world’. Gita's poems are as delicate and formidable as their protagonists, which include Draupadi and Bollywood's Nargis, Erzulie and Oshun, Kali and Anagolay. 

Online Launch

A Terrible Thing will be launched alongside the Bad Betty Shots Season 3  at a live screening online event held on Monday 2 November at 19:30. 

Register to join the A Terrible Thing live screening event.

About Dr Ralleigh

Gita Ralleigh is a writer and NHS doctor born to Indian immigrant parents in London. She teaches the Imperial Horizons Creative Writing module. Gita has been published by Wasafiri, Bellevue Literary Review, The Emma Press and Magma and has recently completed an MSc in Medical Humanities. 

Buy A TERRIBLE THING (Bad Betty Press)


Cleo Bowen

Cleo Bowen
Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication