Writing Places book launch
Celebrating the launch of the Writing Places anthology and chapbook
Join us for the launch of two very special publications exploring the connections between writing and place in Kolkata and Norwich: Writing Places, edited by Arunava Sinha and published by Seagull Books; and the Writing Places chapbook, published by the UEA Publishing Project.
Writing Places is a creative writing and literary translation project. For two years, we exchanged writers and photographers, ran writing and translation workshops, and hosted events in our respective cities. This evening we will celebrate the two publications that have come out of the exchange.
£5 entry includes a glass of wine.
Part of our Meet the World series.
Writing Places (edited by Arunava Sinha and published by Seagull Books)
When there are places, there must be journeys. No matter whether the distance covered is physical or emotional, all writing is a journey, a record of or a meditation on the flows and eddies and diversions and landslides of ideas, happenings and people, of birth, death and life, of love, longing and losing, of fact, fantasy and fiction. And journeys are just where the book you’re holding in your hands began—though of the predictable kind, the ones that involve suitcases and passports, maps and phone alarms, expectations and disappointment, discoveries and disasters.
Over the past three years, these journeys have been taking the writers and photographers whose work is featured in this book, over hills and plains and across rivers and seas, between India and England, and, through all this, on tours of their imagination as well. Being the artists that they are, each of them has turned to their preferred medium—from short stories to photography, from historical investigations to academic analysis, from poetry to reportage—to create or to contribute, especially for this collections, a special work. It is these works—an anthology of idiosyncracies and memories, constant sleight of hand of the imagination and of observation, and a (sometimes whimsical, sometimes determined) commitment to telling stories, in words and in images—that provide the itinerary of the inner journey of ‘Writing Places’.
Writing Places chapbook (published by the UEA Publishing Project)
Aspiring writers and translators at the University of East Anglia, Jadavpur University and elsewhere came together for Writing Places Online. Tutors Tiffany Atkinson, Sarah Bower, Rimi Chatterjee and Arunava Sinha offered writing prompts inspired by Norwich and Kolkata. This chapbook showcases some of the pieces that came out of the exchange.
Writing Places was supported by the British Council and Arts Council England ReImagine India fund as part of the UK-India Year of Culture.
Image (c) Parni Ray