Welcome to the official web site of writer, poet, journalist and editor Yogesh Patel

Publishing & Editing

The Freedom of the City of London

Diploma for the Excellence in Poetry in Scottish International open poetry competition

Became FRSA in 1978

Freeman of  the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.

F R Vanson Memorial Award of International Poetry Society

Trophy from Gujarat Samachar & New Life Newspapers

Skylark Publcations UK


My copy of the Bottled Ganges arrived safely. I had a quick read and enjoyed it greatly. I liked The Values, of course, but also God and the Translator and A Dialogue. I look forward to reading others.

The Lord (Prof) Bhikhu Parekh of Kingston upon Hull

word Masala

I enjoyed reading your collection of beautiful verses and was moved by the thoughts these conveyed. May I single out, "A Crow Without Skin". The mention of Enoch Powell, the Britishman and Brahma made my day.

Please keep writing. I for one will always enjoy a touch of sarcasm accompanied by reality in many of your poems

The Lord Dholakia of Waltham Brooks OBE DL ,The Deputy Leader:Liberal Party

As its name suggests, Bottled Ganges offers the reader with a thirst for poetry a refreshing drink that tastes at once familiar and new. Yogesh Patel observes both the mundane and the unexpected, and is fearless in writing what he observes. In his poem, 'Optimism', he writes that 'In the middle of  Kurukshetra / Arjun is scratching his head off'! These are poems by an 'outsider' - always a useful perspective in the world of poetry. Patel writes of his alienation 'In the country I was born', in the motherland, and in the land whose citizenship he has embraced, and in so many other contexts. With his typical brand of irony, he ends with the observation that: 'Even though / I am a Freeman of the city of London / "They" truly have the Freedom of Speech'. In 'Neither Here Nor There' he comments that truth can be 'As ugly as they come', but no one can shut up this irrepressible poet. His words are important, so let us read, absorb and enjoy.

Dr Debjani Chatterjee, MBE  



Honours & Awards


As a co-editor of Skylark, Yogesh Patel has published international contemporary poetry since the seventies. Currently, he runs Skylark Publications UK and a non-profit Word Masala project to promote writers and poets of South Asian diaspora. Recently he launched a South-Asian ‘Poet of the month’ e-zine series. Yogesh is also a founder of the literary charity, Gujarati Literary Academy, and has served as its president. He was a Fellow of the International Poetry Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was awarded the Freedom of the City of London and has four LP records, two films, radio programmes, children’s books, fiction and non-fiction books, including poetry collections to his credit.

Apart from being a recipient of the IWWP award, the International Scottish Diploma for the excellence in poetry, and a Hon. Diploma from the Italian University of Arts, he has won the Co-Op Award for poetry on the environment.

By profession, Yogesh is a qualified optometrist and an accountant.

Yogesh Patel Receives

Vatayan International Award


His Outstanding Achievements in Poetry

House of Lords

19th May 2016

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Confluence 3rd June 2016

Yogesh Patel with The Queen representing poetry, Skylark Publications UK and the Word Masala Foundation. The breadth of our work across is now internationally sought and enjoyed by many poets. The invitation at the Buckingham Palace was for the launch of UK-India Year of Culture 2017. Thanks to The British Council and Baroness Prashar for making sure that poetry and its impact on our lives

were not forgotten in the cultural aspects where celebrity, fashion and business dominate.