VIRTUAL: 'Leaving' by Anar
09 December 2021, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
Join Sri Lankan poet Anar, and translator-poets Hari Rajaledchumy and Fran Lock for readings in the original Tamil, the English translation of the poems, and discussions about the themes of Anar’s work, Tamil literature and the process of translating her poetry. Event chaired by Edward Doegar.
This event is free.
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Institute of Advanced Studies / Centre for the Study of South Asia and the Indian Ocean World / Poetry Translation Centre
This event is co-hosted by UCL’s Centre for the Study of South Asia and the Indian Ocean World, and the Poetry Translation Centre
Anar is one of Sri Lanka's most celebrated poets. Urgent, embodied and shockingly direct, her work presses into service classical Tamil landscapes, contemporary feminist thought and Koranic imagery to explore the aftermath of the civil war and the subtle terrors of living as a woman in Sri Lanka today. Leaving draws from Anar's five award-winning collections to present a devastating poetic voice for our times. The collection is translated by Hari Rajaledchumy with Fran Lock.
From the harrowing aftermath of the civil war to the subtle terrors of societal expectation, the Anar chronicles female experiences in Sri Lanka today. Her poems avoid neat classifications such as narrative, allegory or lyric, instead, she combines genre and traditions as she sees fit to say whatever needs saying. Her poems draw on a diverse field of reference from classical Tamil mythic landscapes to contemporary feminist thought, from Koranic imagery to personal history.
Join Anar, Hari and Fran for readings in the original Tamil, the English translation of the poems, and discussions about the themes of Anar’s work, Tamil literature and the process of translating her poetry. This event will be chaired by Edward Doegar.
Link to the book: https://dev.poetrytranslation.org/shop/leaving
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About the Speakers
Anar (Issath Rehana Mohammed Azeem)
Her books have won several awards, most notably the Government of Sri Lanka’s National Literature Award, the Tamil Literary Garden’s Poetry Award (Canada), the Aaathmanam Award (India), the SPARROW Award (India), and the Vijay Award for Excellence in the Field of Literature (India).