From Kolkata to Norwich

Launch of the Writing Places anthology and chapbook

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An examination of two very different cities that are both home to radical re-thinkers of the literary arts. Our guest speakers will explore writing and place through the lens of two new publications; Writing Places (edited by Arunava Sinha, published by Seagull Books in Kolkata); and the Writing Places chapbook (published by the UEA Publishing Project). Their conversation will be chaired by Kate Griffin, Associate Programme Director at the National Centre for Writing.

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.


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Duration: 1 hour

Writing Places

Edited by Arunava Sinha; published by Seagull Books

This collection draws together stories, poems, photographs, memoirs, confessions and investigations from some of the most imaginative writers and photographers working in the UK and India today to create a journey between the two lands that you can savour with your mind, heart and body. A unique work for armchair travellers, Writing Places lets us move between two countries that share a long history in a first-of-its-kind collection of words and images.
Featuring an introduction by Arunava Sinha and contributions from Lucy Hughes-Hallet, Pia Ghosh-Roy, Tiffany Atkinson, Parni Ray, Vesna Goldsworthy, Somrita Urni Ganguly, Shreya Sen-Handley, Sreedevi Nair, Sarah Bower, Mandakranta Sen, Chirodeep Chaudhuri, Jerry Pinto, Paramita Satpathy Tripathy, Kate Griffin, Sirsho Bandyopadhyay, Anjali Joseph, Sarah Hickson, Samit Basu and Duncan Large.

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.


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23 May

07:30 pm

£5.00 - £5.00

Writing Places was supported by the British Council and Arts Council England ReImagine India fund as part of the UK-India Year of Culture.

City of Literature Weekend is a Norfolk & Norwich Festival and National Centre for Writing presentation, programmed by National Centre for Writing.

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