Poetry Connections India-Wales

Ten poets from India and Wales will take part in a project organized by Literature Across Frontiers as part of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017. The poets will collaborate to create new work and translate each other’s poems into their respective languages during residencies alternating between the hustle and bustle of Indian cities and the peace and quiet of Welsh towns and rural locations, spanning both countries from Trivandrum in Kerala to Shillong in the North East, and from Bangor to Swansea.

The project will address the theme of independence and explore relations between India and Wales in a series of creative encounters and exchanges. In artistic practice, independence means freedom to think, act and create beyond the confines of convention and economic necessity. But successful independence – of communities and individuals alike – also involves co-dependence, collaboration and understanding across divides and differences. At a time of global change which sees increasing friction between identities, we hope to open a unique dialogue and formulate new narratives and ideas which both uncover and transcend difficult histories.

The project will build on the literary links between India and Wales developed through Literature Across Frontiers’ activities since 2009 and their legacy, establish deeper collaborative relationships between poets from Wales and India, and facilitate new connections leading to future projects between the two countries. The poets will also work with other local writers and artists, and visit schools and colleges. The work produced during the residencies in 2017 will be showcased in a series of performances, readings and discussions in the 2018 winter literary festival season in India when a multilingual publication will be launched with work in Bengali, Kannada, Khasi, Malayalam, Welsh and English.

The project started in May 2017 with residencies and poetry performances at the Wales International Poetry Festival and the Hay Festival, and will continue through the summer and autumn into January 2018 when the poets will appear in festivals in Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Jaipur, Hyderabad and Kolkata.

You can find updates on the project here and on the Events page.

Participating writers from India are:

Participating writers from Wales are:

The project is supported by Wales Arts International and British Council Wales in the framework of the UK-India Year of Culture.