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Welcome to the Litro World Series Summer Literary & Arts Festival ’18
To celebrate the release of Litro’s latest annual World Series instalment, India (Translating India, guest edited by Shashi Tharoor) & South Korea, the 8th edition of the Litro World Series will shine it’s light on writers and voices across these two cultures.
This year’s instalment will bring together some of today’s celebrated writers and voices from South and South-East Asia, ranging from the pride of New India to the hidden voices of Korean women. For four days this Summer, we will take a fresh look at this fascinating region, focusing on India and South Korea, through the voice, and heart, of its people.
It is a festival that asks questions. How do we translate the Indian experience? How do we find the soul of Seoul? And what unites us, not divides us? We’ll be exploring these questions alongside established and emerging writers, translators, thinkers and academics, musicians and dancers. In this cross-cultural conversation, we will have dance performances from the likes of Poet & Dancer Tishani Doshi, a curation by The Bhavan Centre and special guest K POP musicians. We will also be joined by the world famous ZEE JLF at The British Library who will guest curate the Sunday program.
Litro will be championing international writers and the rise of the female-led narrative as women take back the canon and write themselves into literary history. Confirmed contributors and speakers at the festival include Mary Lynn Bracht (White Chrysantheum), Suki Kim (The Interpreter), Krys Lee (How I Became a North Korean) and Tishani Doshi (Countries of the Body), Bae Suah (Recitation), Sadaf Saaz (Sari Reams), Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay (Abandon), Anjali Joseph (The Living) and many more.
If you write, we also welcome you to join us for our Masterclasses, where you can pick up ‘tricks of the trade’ to help you hone the craft of writing. There will also be poetry readings from internationally acclaimed poets and voices from across the world on panels that talk about “#MeToo”movement, “The Empire Writes Back” and “Negotiating the Net in an age of Fake News”, meet some of the writers speaking as well as publishers and agents.
Come join us to create something special and unique.
Suki Kim is the only writer to have lived in North Korea undercover for immersive journalism. She is the author of the NY Times Bestselling nonfiction book, Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea's Elite, and her novel The Interpreter was a finalist for a PEN Hemingway Prize. She is also a contributing editor at The New Republic.
Lee’s work includes Drifting House, How I Became a North Korean, and has appeared in publications including Granta and The Guardian. Lee is a recipient of the Rome Prize and an Honor Title from the Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing & Literature at Yonsei University.
Doshi is a writer with six books of poetry and fiction, and essays and short stories published in various anthologies. She received the Eric Gregory Award for Poetry, and won the All-India Poetry Competition and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection for her debut, Countries of the Body.
BAE SUAH is a highly acclaimed contemporary Korean author and translator of German literature, described as “Korean literature’s most unfamiliar being.” She is the author of Recitation, A Greater Music, North Station, and Nowhere to Be Found, among numerous other novels and short story collections. She has introduced authors such as W.G. Sebald, Franz Kafka, and Jenny Erpenbeck, to Korean audiences. She received the Hanguk Ilbo Literary Prize, as well as the Tongseo Literary Prize.
ZEE JLF@The British Library
ZEE JLF@The British Library, will take over the Sunday programme 27th May with some special guest artists.
Deborah is the founder of Tiled Axis and a translator of contemporary Korean Literature. A graduate of University of Cambridge and currently a research fellow at SOAS, Smith’s translations include The Vegetarian by Han Kang, becoming a co-winner of the Man Booker International Prize in 2016.
Min is a South Korean photographer living in New York and received her MPS from School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been exhibited at venues including The Bronx Documentary Center and published in publications including Harper’s Bazaar.
Amrit Kaur Lohia is a singer-songwriter, Sarangi player and vocalist in genres of Punjabi folk, jazz and soul. Kaur has trained as a theatre director at the Young Vic Theatre and is a graduate of MA History, specialising in South Asia, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Here, she also received her Certificate in Teaching World Music.
Sadaf Saaz is a poet, festival producer and director of Dhaka Literature Festival (of which she co-founded). Growing up in the UK, Saaz studied Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge. Currently residing in Dhaka, Saaz is a cultural activist and author of Sari Reams, a poetry collection.
An American author of Korean descent living in London, Mary grew up in a large ex-pat community of women who came of age in postwar South Korea. In 2002, she visited her mother’s childhood village, and it was during this trip she first learned of the “comfort women.” Her debut novel, White Chrysanthemum, was published in January 2018 by Chatto & Windus Books and Putnam Books.
Gitaljali Patel is a translator and field researcher. Patel graduated from University of Oxford in Spanish and Portugese, and a Masters Degree in Social Anthropology from SOAS, University of London. From film scripts to fiction, Patel has published the work of Luisa Geisler, Fernanda Torres and Gisele Joras since 2010.
Anjali Joseph is the author of Saraswati Park, for which Joseph won the Betty Task Prize and Desmond Elliot Prize. Born in Bombay in 1978, Joseph, studied English at Trinity College, Cambridge and graduated from the MA Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Joseph has since taught English at the Sorbonne.
Manu S Pillai is the author of The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore (Harper Collins India, 2015), winning Tata Prize 2016 and Sahitya Akademi 2017. A graduate of Fergusson College, Pune and King’s College London, Pillai is a columnist for Mint Lounge and a Serena Chopra’s Bhutan Echoes (Tasveer, 2016). Previously Pillai’s writing has appeared in publications including The Hindu and Open Magazine.
Qaisra Shahraz is a prize winning novelist and scriptwriter. Born in Pakistan, Shahraz has living in Manchester, UK since childhood and gained two Master Degrees in English & Europian Literature and Scriptwriting for Television. Shahraz has been listed as on the 100 Influencial Pakistani Women in Pakistan’s Power 100 List (2012) and named as Director of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators partnership.
Mahsuda Snaith is a writer of short stories and novels. The winner of SI Leeds Literary Prize 2014, Bristol Short Story 2014 and a finalist in the Myslexia Novel Writing Competition 2013, Snaith’s debut novel “The Things WE Thought We Knew” is published by Doubleday. Residing in Leicester, Snaith leads writing workshops and teaching part-time in primary schools.
Roopa Farooki is an award winning novelist. In 2013 Roopa Farooki was awarded the John C. Laurence prize from the Authors' Foundation, in recognition of her multicultural writing. In 2007 her debut novel, “Bitter Sweets” was nominated for the Orange New Writers Award 2007. Roopa’s novels have been published internationally and translated into a dozen languages.
Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London. Dwyer studied Sanskrit at SOAS, MPhil in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology at the University of Oxford. Her PhD research was on the Gujarati lyrics of Dayaram (1777-1852).
Dr Renate Sohnen-Thieme is a lecturer at SOAS, University of London. Sohnen-Thieme teaches Classical languages (sanskrit) and History of Old Indian Literature (religious and secular). Professor Sohnen-Thieme has been published including “Die Geschichte der Apala in der altindischen Literature” (1996), contributing to 'Indra in the Harivamsa' (2009) and 'Six Balti Marsiyas' (2007).
Francesca Orsini is Professor of Hindi and South Asian Literature at SOAS, University of London. Professor Orsini read Hindi at Venice University, Italy and the Central Institute of Hindi and Jawaharlal University before attending SOAS for her PHD. Orsis ran a research project on “North Indian Literary Culture and History” at SOAS reconsidering the fifteenth century, before the Mughals,. (“After Timur Left” was co-edited with Samira Sheikh in 2014) and performance, songs and story-telling (“Tellongs and Texts, co-edited with katherine Schofield in 2015).
Amarjit Chandan is a noted Punjabi poet and essayist. Born in Nairobi, Chandan has published eight collections of poetry and five books in essays in Punjabi. His poetry has appeared in anthologies and magazines across the world. He has edited and translated into Punjabi approximately 30 anthologies of Indian and world poetry, in addition to fiction by writers including Martin Carter and John Berger.
Marek is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and magazines and anthologies including The Sunday Times Magazine, and The Penguin Book of the British Short Story. He teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation, WordFactory and the writing group at Google in London.
Roy is an Indian novelist, journalist and editor, whose work has been translated into 15 different languages across the world. Her first two books have been highly commended and won prizes and her third book, Sleeping on Jupiter, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the DSC Prize for Fiction 2016.
Gilbert is the winner of the Costa Short Story Award 2014 and has appeared in many publicatins iincluding Cinnamon, Labell, Lighthouse, and the British Fantasy Society Journal. Gilbert is also the co-founder of London Lit Lab, co-hosts the Short Story Club at the Word Factory, and chairs the Short Story Critique Group at Waterstones Piccadilly.
Park is North Korean refugee and survivor of human trafficking. She is an Outreach and Project Officer at the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea, co-director of Stepping Stone, a Project Official of Connect NK and a language tutor at SOAS University of London.
Bhattacharya is a novelist, short story writer and poet who has been published in Wasafiri, Blue Tattoo and Planet, the Welsh Internationalist and Roundyhouse Magazine. She has received prizes from From Festival Writing, Plymouth City Council and the Sulekha Short Story Prize.
Edward is an ESRC scholar in International Relations at Oxford University researching the influence of nuclear weapons on domestic belief in the North Korean regime. He graduated with a double first class degree in Geography from Oxford University, specializing in South Korean migration to the UK. Being half-South Korean, he is fascinated by ideas of identity amongst North and South Korean diaspora, and survival of the North Korean regime-state. Edward has published with The Diplomat, New Statesman, and Huffington Post.