Ten poets from India and Wales have been brought together in an exchange organized by our sister organisation Literature Across Frontiers and partners to mark the 70th anniversary of independent India.
During a period of six months they explored each other’s home location and created new work in six languages during a series of residencies in both countries. Alternating between the hustle and bustle of Indian metropolises and the peace and quiet of Welsh towns and rural locations, the project literally spans the two countries from Thiruvananthapuram in South Kerala to Shillong in the North-East, and from Bangor in North Wales to Swansea on the south coast.
In the second phase of the project the poets tour six cities to present their new work with readings, performances, debates and workshops to launch a set of books in Bengali, English, Kannada, Khasi, Malayalam and Welsh, written and translated during the project, with publishing partner Poetrywala.
The tour takes them to festivals in Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Kolkata, and venues in Delhi.
12th – 14th Jan Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet
14th – 16th Jan The Hindu Lit for Life Festival, Chennai
31st Jan 4:30 – 6pm Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication
Poets and translators Sampurna Chattarji and Subhro Bandopadhyay visited Abersytwyth in August 2017 where they worked with Eurig Salisbury and Nicky Arscott, before ending their visit in Anglesey at the National Eisteddfod.
Avner Pariat travelled to Bangor in August to work with Rhys Trimble, exploring the links forged by Welsh missionaries in the 19th century between Wales and his native Khasi Jaintia Hills in the North-Eastern state of Meghalaya.
Poet and editor of Poetry Wales Nia Davies spent time in Bangalore with Mamta Sagar, working on a number of participative performances with local artists and communities. The other Welsh poets visited their counterparts in Delhi, Kolkata, Shillong and Thiruvananthapuram.