Exploring connections and differences through poetry

Ruchira Das ,Eurig Salisbury and Sampurna Chattarji

Recently,British Council Kolkata organised  a poetry session with Welsh Poet, Eurig Salisbury and Indian Poet, Sampurna Chattarji as part of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017.Ten poets from India and Wales will take part in a project organized by Literature Across Frontiers as part of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017. The poets will collaborate to create new work and translate each other’s poems into their respective languages during residencies alternating between the hustle and bustle of Indian cities and the peace and quiet of Welsh towns and rural locations, spanning both countries from Trivandrum in Kerala to Shillong in the North East, and from Bangor to Swansea.

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.

“I’ve had so many great experiences as part of the India-Wales Poetry Connections project, both in Wales and most recently in India.One of the most important aspects of the project is the inter-relationship between poets from different places. Experiencing your home town through the eyes of another poet is essential, because it allows you to see places that you thought you knew well in a completely new light. Even the most seemingly ordinary things can, if looked at from a different direction, become transformed and relevant again in unimaginable ways.” said Eurig Salisbury.