Poets from Macedonia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Australia, France, Slovenia and from various corners of India will be in the Indian city of Kolkata in November for ‘The Chair Poetry Evenings’ hosted by the Chair Literary Trust in the city.
Aimed at promoting consciousness through poetry in city, the festival has a stellar line up of internationally acclaimed poets that includes Miriam Van hee from Belgium, Vladimir Matinovski from Macedonia, John W Sexton from Ireland, Alfred Schaffer from Netherlands, Les Wicks from Australia, Barbara Pogacnik from Slovenia, and Yekta from France. Indian poets who would be joining the festival include C.P. Surendran, K Satchidanandan, Nitoo Das, Rajesh Joshi, Arun Kamal, Manglesh Dabral, and other city poets.
The festival events will take place in various parts of the city. The inaugural event at the Rotary Sadan Hall will be inaugurated by eminent poet Sankha Ghosh. This will be followed by readings and discussions at the Calcutta Heritage Bungalow, Walks through the City and readings at Sasha’s Studio on the second day. The ending event of the fest will be on the Ganges with poetry readings on the cruise.
The dates of the festival are from November 23 to 25 and people can register their visit through www.chairpoetryevenings.org
The city will also have a ‘Poet in residence programme’ during the winter months as announced by the trust. The residency will host two to three poets from across the globe where they would be offered a stay for a month in the city with a scholarship to cover their costs in city. The poets will also be offered an opportunity to work on their manuscript and to present public readings in the city. During their stay both the resident poet and city poets will get a chance to interact with each other. The festival has been conceived by Indian poets Tushar Dhawal Singh and Sonnet Mondal, who aim to promote consciousness through poetry in this festival.