- Chitranjana Bandyopadhyay
It’s niftier where she lives.
All north breeze and espresso skies. That is to say, I’m lost there.
There are trees more green that envy and more aged than wine.
Yes, its niftier where she lives.
There are five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes in one year.
Time slows down there.
There, walking along the port holed paving, I was the most foreign creature the pigeons had ever seen.
They looked at me funny, frightened. I was a threat, unwanted.
It’s strange, where she lives.
The houses have two floors, with a garden attached.
One grew roses, the other, weeds.
Yes, it’s strange, where she lives.
Its calm, where she lives.
Not a sound of a drill, or a street vendor announcing his arrival.
It’s as if, there is a price for a voice to pay- A costly one.
Yes, it’s calm where she lives.
And she lives there well.
- Chitranjana Bandyopadhyay
I live in a limit-less land.
There are mosquitoes, and angry men in checkered cotton towels.
There are ruminating thoughts that fester in between the rusted cable boxes.
And there is a less than fragrant, less than wanted canal that runs parallel, to me.
I live in a ludicrous land.
There are thistles and thorns and an occasional mustard seed you’d find on a plate.
There are wise men and wiser crows who’ve seen it all.
I live in a linguistic land.
You can hear broken Bengali and broken hearts along the staircases.
You can also hear broken families becoming whole again.
I live in a labyrinth-esque land.
You need to know the specifics.
There are twists and turns and you’ll get lost.
But you’ll also get found.
Now isn’t that the dream?
- Deveshi Bose
Along the streets of Kolkata
Along the city of passion and joy
We admire the heroes
From marvel and abroad
Yet we never know or see
For whom we walk free
They are the unsung heroes
Whom we forgot along the road
Pre-workshop: Each participant must submit a 100 word write-up on: WHY I WRITE
This submission can take any form – poetry, prose, hybrid – basically the workshop conductors want to get a sense of “who you are” and “what makes you tick” – apart, of course, from getting a sense of your writing skills, and your love for language (in this case English).
Participants can submit as individuals, or in pairs… If a pair, the writing submission on WHY WE WRITE must convey the dynamic between the duo – what makes you as a pair want to work i.e. write together…
The workshop itself called THE COLLABORATORY will explore what it is like to write as a pair. The workshop conductors Eurig Salisbury and Sampurna Chattarji have been collaborating over the years – devising projects that enable them to explore connections and differences through their poetry in Welsh and English.
At the workshop, the young writers will be introduced to the idea of collaboration through a set of exercises and experiments. They will be encouraged to devise mini-projects of their own within a given theme, which they will then work on over the next 2 months, with one submission a month, and the final presentation in January 2018. They will be encouraged not only to write poems but also record the process of collaboration.