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JLF 2019

For the first time ever, the Jaipur Literature Festival comes to Northern Ireland from 21-23 June 2019 at select iconic venues including HomePlace to celebrate literature and the rich diversity in thought that it inspires.
Full Seamus Heaney HomePlace Programme - Sunday 23rd June
1.30pm - 2.00pm Music
Morning with Mostiques by Harpreet
2.15pm-3.15pm Gandhi in Times of Violence
Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee in conversation with Navdeep Suri
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was destined to be the conscience and political catalyst of his age. His distinguished granddaughter, Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, speaks to Indian diplomat and translator Navdeep Suri of the vision of the Mahatma, his genius, his human vulnerability, and the enduring legacy of non-violence that he bequeathed to a troubled world. Gandhi Bhattacharjee, vice-chairperson of the Gandhi Smriti, is an activist who works extensively with rural women and children, and the author of Reflections of an Extraordinary Era.
3.30pm-4.30pm Mystic and the Muse: Yeats and Tagore
Reba Som, Bashabi Fraser and Ruth Padel in conversation with Sudeep Sen
The 1912 meeting between WB Yeats and Rabindranath Tagore created history. A euphoric Yeats, overwhelmed by the English translations of Tagore’s Gitanjali, later to be awarded the Nobel Prize, famously commented about them, “A world I have dreamed of all my life long!” Yeats was influenced by the calming oriental mysticism in Tagore’s verses while Tagore affirmed, “I am sure that the magic of his (Yeats’) pen helped my English to attain some quality of permanence.” Their relationship took on new shapes over the course of time veering between effusive admiration to critical detachment. Writer and historian Reba Som, a trained exponent of ‘Rabindra sangeet’ (songs written and composed by Tagore) has written extensively on Tagore and other leading historical figures such as the Irish missionary, Sister Nivedita. Author, academic and poet Bashabi Fraser is the Founder Director of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies and her critical biography of Tagore will be published later this year. Author, award-winning poet and conservationist Ruth Padel is Professor of Poetry at King’s College London. In conversation with poet Sudeep Sen, they unravel the fascinating relationship between possibly the two greatest poets of their times.

 4.45pm-5.45pm Vowels Ploughed into Other
Eric Ngalle Charles, Gearóid Mac Lochlainn, Sudeep Sen and Francis Jones in conversation with Ruth Padel
 In the first of his ‘Glanmore Sonnets’, Seamus Heaney introduces us to the ghosts and voices hidden in the 'earth' of one’s self, one’s own history and home landscape. Poets Eric Ngalle Charles, Gearóid Mac Lochlainn , Sudeep Sen and Francis Jones will discuss their responses to these Heaney themes with Ruth Padel. Each poet will read one poem they love by Heaney and one poem of their own.

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Speakers include:
Tara-Gandhi-Bhattacharjee-@belfast.jpg Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee was born in 1934 in New Delhi. Gandhi Bhattacharjee has held the position of Vice-Chairperson of the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Smriti for nearly nine years. Gandhi Smriti is the site of the martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi for truth and non violence. She is also involved with the ‘Save the Ganga Movement’, an initiative to protect India’s environment and rivers for the last 18 years. For the past 28 years, she has worked for the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust (KGNMT), founded by Mahatma Gandhi in memory of his wife. The KGNMT is one of the oldest pre-independence, non-governmental institutions serving the women and children of rural India.
Harpreet is a versatile artiste who sings original musical compositions in Hindi, as well as in Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese, Rajasthani and Haryanvi. Trained in Hindustani classical music, he plays both the guitar and flute. His talent fuses both the modern and traditional when composing tunes to his own lyrics and for classical poetry that he loves. He is best known for creating musical scores to the works of poets such as Kabir and Bulleh Shah. His original composition Kutte (dog), a song about a canine’s view of human life, was selected by Bollywood film director Dibakar Banerjee and Kanu Behl for the film Titli. Some of his yet-to be-released compositions, Geet Aur Shabd, Kho Gaye He Wo and Sonapani, have received wide appreciation.
reba-somresize.jpg Reba Som is a historian and an author, whose books include Differences within Consensus: The Left-Right Divide in the Congress, Subhas Chandra Bose and the Resolution of the Women’s Question, Gandhi, Bose, Nehru and the Making of the Modern Indian Mind, Rabindranath Tagore: The Singer and His Song and Margot: Sister Nivedita of Vivekananda. Her albums, Selected Songs of Rabindranath Tagore and Love Songs of Kazi Nazrul Islam, also feature her English translations of the lyrics.
bashabi-fraser.jpg Bashabi Fraser is a Tagore and post colonial scholar and poet. A Professor of English and Creative Writing and Founder Director of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies at Edinburgh Napier University, she is also the Editor-in-Chief of the e-journal Gitanjali and Beyond. She is the author of several publications, including the recent critical biography of Rabindranath Tagore.  An award-winning poet, Fraser has received the 2015 Outstanding Woman of Scotland Award, the 2019 Kavi Salam from Poetry Paradigm, the Word Masala Foundation Award for Excellence in Poetry in 2017, the 2010 Women Empowered: Arts and Culture Award and the AIO Prize for Literary Services in Scotland in 2009.
ruth-padel-1599.jpg Ruth Padel is an award-winning poet and conservationist, Professor of Poetry at King’s College London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Zoological Society of London. Her works include The Mara Crossing on migration, Emerald for green in a dark time and Tigers in Red Weather, a prose memoir of tiger conservation.
Sudeep-Sen-jpg-belfast.jpg Sudeep Sen is widely recognised as a major new generation voice in world literature and "one of the finest younger English-language poets in the international literary scene" (BBC Radio). He is "fascinated not just by language but the possibilities of language" (Scotland on Sunday). At the 2004 Struga Poetry Festival in Macedonia, he received the 'Pleiades' honour for having made "a significant contribution to contemporary world poetry". His prize-winning books include, Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems, Distracted Geographies, Rain, Aria, which won the AK Ramanujan Translation Award, Fractals: New & Selected Poems | Translations 1980-2015 and EroText. He has edited important anthologies such as The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry, World English Poetry and Modern English Poetry by Younger Indians. Blue Nude, winner of the Jorge Zalamea International Poetry Prize, and The Whispering Anklets are forthcoming. Sen's works have been translated into over 25 languages. His words have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Newsweek, Guardian, Observer, Independent, Telegraph, Financial Times, Herald, Literary Review, Harvard Review, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Outlook, India Today, and broadcast on BBC, PBS, CNN IBN, NDTV, AIR & Doordarshan. Sen's newer work appears in New Writing 15, Language for a New Century, Love Poems, Out of Bounds, Initiate: Oxford New Writing and Name Me a Word. He is the editorial director of AARK ARTS and the editor of Atlas. Sen is the first Asian honoured to read his poetry and deliver the Derek Walcott Lecture at the Nobel Laureate Festival. The Government of India's Ministry of Culture has awarded him the senior fellowship for "outstanding persons in the field of culture/literature".
eric-ngalle-charles.jpg Eric Ngalle Charles is a Cameroon-born writer, poet and playwright based in Wales. A fellow of the leadership network British-American Project, he currently sits on the board of directors for Literature Wales. Ngalle Charles is one of the Hay 30 of young writers who will help shape the world over the next three decades. 
Francis-Jones-@Belfast.jpg Francis Jones  translates poetry from Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian and Dutch into English. He has also translated from Hungarian, Russian, Sranan and Papiamento, and, as a Yorkshireman and an adoptive Northumbrian, into Northern-English dialects. This has won him 14 poetry translation prizes. He is also Professor of Translation Studies at Newcastle University.
  Gearóid Mac Lochlainn is an Irish-language poet from Belfast. His bi-lingual collections exploring minority language issues and post-conflict cultural identities in the north have received national and international awards. He has been awarded a major artist award from ACNI. He has been writer in residence at Queens University, Belfast and the University of Ulster. Mac Lochlainn is also a broadcaster and has presented award winning documentaries on minority languages, poetry and music for BBC and TG4.  

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