Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Poetry and Fiction: Sampurna Chattarji and Zenisha Gonsalves

Toto Funds the Arts
in association with
Atta Galatta

is pleased to invite you to 

An evening with Space Gulliver and her alter ego Sampurna Chattarji 
while Zenisha Gonsalves serves a slice of hostel life on the side

Date and Time:  Friday, 3 July 2015, 6.30 p.m.
Venue:  Atta Galatta, 134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala (Next to Jyoti Nivas College)

Join Sampurna Chattarji as she “careen[s] through varied terrain, geographic and linguistic, in a dizzy journey of defamiliarization” in the company of her “alien protagonist”, featured in her latest book of poetry from HarperCollins: Space Gulliver: Chronicles of an alien. And Zenisha Gonsalves reading her short story ‘I mean, I tell you’. 

SAMPURNA CHATTARJI is a poet, novelist, translator and children’s author. Her fourteen books include five poetry titles, two novels, and a short-story collection. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies. Sampurna is the editor of Sweeping the Front Yard, an anthology of women’s writing. Her poetry has been translated into 15 languages including Estonian, Frisian and Bambaiyya; and her children’s fiction into Welsh and Icelandic. Selected Poems (Harper Perennial, 2014), her translation of the Bengali poet Joy Goswami’s work, was shortlisted for the inaugural Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry.

ZENISHA GONSALVES grew up in Goa. She's doing her BA in English Literature and Journalism at St Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, Bangalore. She has written for The Ladies Finger, Yahoo! Originals, and The Seattle Globalist. She was shortlisted for the Toto Award for Creative Writing in 2015.

Praise for Space Gulliver

‘Boldly playful, ingenious, associative and mercurial….Here is a book that blends intellectual enquiry, a taste for whimsy and a love of language into challenging and audacious poetry.’

 ‘The work is a joy to read….What worked was precisely the way the poet kept working the line and the voice, so that with each poem new resources emerged…. Something quite remarkable starts to happen at some point in this sequence so that by the end the reader – this reader anyway – is fully enfolded in Space Gulliver’s world.’

– DAVID HERD, Poet and professor of Modern Literature, University         of Kent

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