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From manuscript to publishing: Meet Punjabi poetess Jasmeen Pannu who supports and promotes emerging writers

The young poetess postponed publication of her own book so that she can provide financial help to other writers. Source: Jasmeen Kaur Pannu

Sydney-based banker-turned-writer Jasmeen Kaur Pannu put her publishing dreams on a halt to support new and emerging writers who did not have the financial means to publish their writings.

Ms Pannu had co-authored her first book with her husband and seasoned poet, Sahib Singh Pannu, but the duo made an informed choice to hold the publication of their joint effort to assist new authors facing financial constraints that prevent them from publishing their books.

Speaking to SBS Punjabi, the mother of two said she has been passionate about reading and writing since a young age. 

"For me, reading good literature and writing is like eating good food," she said.

She added that she feels empowered by assisting others who share similar interests.


Highlights

  • Sydney-based writer Jasmeen Pannu helps new authors with financial constraints to get their books published
  • Ms Pannu put her own publishing dreams on hold to support emerging writers

Bridging the gap between a draft manuscript to publishing a book:

Ms Pannu credits her husband for rekindling her passion for poetry, which she had seemingly lost over time.

“My husband used to give me his writings for checking and suggestions. This rekindled my passion, and I started writing once again.

"We eventually decided to publish our first book together. But once I had the opportunity to read work from other aspiring writers, some of whom wrote really well, I decided to help them instead," she said.

Jasmeen Kaur Pannu
The young mother loves writing bold and revolutionary poems.
Jasmeen Kaur Pannu

Ms Pannu, who is also associated with 'Punjabi Sath,' a literary organisation based in Melbourne, has committed to publishing the works of at least two emerging writers every year.

 

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