Poetry Connections India
Poetry Connections is a series of translation workshops run by Literature Across Frontiers in collaboration with our partners, bringing together writers from Europe with poets from other linguistic and cultural backgrounds to translate each other’s poetry. So far Poetry Connections workshops have taken place in Turkey, Morocco and India and have brought together poets from those countries with European poets writing in a variety of different languages.
Working through a ‘bridge’ language – mostly English – the poets learn about the literary traditions and contemporary contexts in which they write and gain a unique insight into a culture through its poetry.. At the same time, they explore the microcosm of each literary text, as well as wider issues of translation practice.
In India, we have so far held workshops in the following locations: Neemrana Fort in Rajastan, Adishakti residency near Pondicherry, Santiniketan in cooperation with Kolkata Literary Meet, Hyderabad in cooperation with the Hyderabad Literary Festival, and Chandigarh, in cooperation with the Chandigarh Literature Festival. We have also held workshops with Indian poets in Wales.
A video by D W Gibson of Sangham House and Art Omi Writers’ Residencies captures the spirit of the workshops: