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This is an Almost Island Presentation. Almost Island is an endeavour that includes an online literature journal, www.almostisland.com, an annual writers dialogue and the publication of books.
“Almost Island would like to be concerned with writing which does not have a purpose outside itself. In times where information is seen as revelation, Almost Island would like to publish work which is in no way sociological, or a travel guide to a foreign culture, or a substitute for historical or anthropological knowledge. Literature seeks wholeness, not fragmentation, and information is never whole.
Almost Island will seek work which is philosophical, internal, individual. It will seek work which either threatens, confronts or bypasses the marketplace by its depth and seriousness and form.”
It is the first Dialogues to be held in Bengaluru. This edition is partially supported by the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize.
|December 6th||Readings by Togara Muzanenhamo and I.Allan Sealy|
|December 7th||Readings by Michael Kelleher, Jayant Kaikini and Joy Goswami|
|December 8th||Readings by Vivek Shanbhag, Sharmistha Mohanty and Zoe Wicomb|
Togara Muzanenhamo was born in Zambia and brought up in Zimbabwe. He has studied in France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. His poems have appeared widely in international journals and magazines. His debut collection, Spirit Brides, was shortlisted for the Jerwood Alderburgh First Collection Prize. He has published two other collections of poems: Gumiguru, which was shortlisted for the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry and Textures, which won the National Arts Merit Award for Literature.
I Allan Sealy
Irwin Allan Sealy is the author of The Trotter-nama. His other novels include The Everest Hotel, The Brainfever Bird, and Red. He has written a memoir, The Small Wild Goose Pagoda, the travel books Yukon to Yucatan, and The China Sketchbook, and a book of poems, Zelaldinus. He lives in Dehradun.
Michael Kelleher is the author of four collections of poetry, the most recent of which are Visible Instruments (Chax 2017) and Museum Hours (Blazevox, 2016), as well as four poems in the most recent issue of the Harvard Review. He is the founding director of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale University and the former Artistic and Associate Director of Just Buffalo Literary Center, where he started the popular international lectures series, Babel.
Jayant Kaikini is a Kannada poet, a short-story writer, columnist, and playwright, as well as an award-winning lyricist, script and dialogue writer for Kannada films. He won his first Karnataka Sahitya Akademi award at the age of nineteen in 1974, and has since won the award three times, in addition to winning various other awards in India, including the first Kusumagraj Rashtriya Bhasha Sahitya Puraskar. He was born in the coastal temple-town Gokam, and then lived in Mumbai for two decades. He now lives in Bengaluru. His latest book is a collection of essays on cinema. He has received the Filmfare Best Lyricist Award for Kannada four times. No Presents Please, his collection of short stories in English, is the first book in translation to have won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
Joy Goswami’s contribution to contemporary Bengali poetry is immense. He is a leading poet in Bengali, writing in an impressive range of forms. He has written seventeen books of poems. His other writing includes eight novels, and a collection of essays on modern poetry in India. He has received the Ananda Purashkar literary award twice . He has also won the Sahitya Akademi Award.
Vivek Shanbhag writes in Kannada. He has published five short story collections, three novels and two plays. He has edited two anthologies, one of which is in English. Vivek was the founding editor of the literary journal Desha Kaala. His critically-acclaimed novel Ghachar Ghochar is translated into 18 languages worldwide. He is the co-translator of U R Ananthamurthy’s book Hindutva or Hind Swaraj into English. He is an engineer by training and lives in Bangalore, India.
Sharmistha Mohanty is the author of three works of prose, Book One, New Life, Five Movements in Praise and the forthcoming The Gods Came Afterwards, a book of poems. Her prose and poetry have appeared in several journals including Granta, Poetry, World Literature Today, and The Caravan. Mohanty is the founder editor of the online journal Almost Island and the initiator of the Almost Island Dialogues series, both now in their thirteenth year.
Zoë Wicomb is a South African writer who lives in Scotland where she is Emeritus Professor at Strathclyde University. Her works of fiction are You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town, David’s Story, Playing in the Light, The One That Got Away and October; Still Life will be published in 2020. In 2018 Yale University Press published her collection of critical essays on South African writing and culture, Race, Nation, Translation. Wicomb is a recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction.