Transnational Literature

Welcome to the August 2014 issue of Writers in Conversation. After the success of the first issue earlier this year, we are delighted to publish our second collection of interviews with some of the most interesting writers at work today.

As in our previous issue, the writers brought together here are a wonderfully diverse collection: novelists, poets, academics, critics and translators from countries across the globe. This allows us to see world literature in microcosm: innovative, passionate, transnational and political.

Despite the variety of the writers, some questions and themes recur. Postcolonial literature plays a large role, as do accompanying questions of politics, race, religion, immigration and diaspora. By contrast, several of the interviews consider what literature is for and what it does, and look closely at how writers construct their work and at who their influences are.

We are also delighted that Diana Glenn has allowed us to publish the wonderful speech she made at the launch of Writers in Conversation earlier this year.

We firmly believe not in ‘The Death of the Author’ but in the author’s paramount importance. We hope you enjoy reading the interviews as much as we did.

Nick Turner and Gillian Dooley, Editors

Volume 1, no. 2 - August 2014: Contents

Between Nepal and Canada: in conversation with Pushpa Raj Acharya, Edmonton’s 2013-14 Writer-in-Exile: Asma Sayed

Pushpa Raj Acharya is a poet from Nepal.

Dissecting Literature with Noted Bilingual Sri Lankan Writer Daya Dissanayake
: Sunil Sharma

Daya Dissanayaka is a Sri Lankan poet and novelist.

Bashabi Fraser, Transnational Writer, based in Edinburgh, Scotland speaks to Writers in Conversation: Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha & Dhritiman Chakrabarty

Bashabi Fraser is an British-Indian poet, editor, translator and critic.

They All Begin with an Idea: A Conversation with Andrea Goldsmith: Gillian Dooley

Andrea Goldsmith is an Australian novelist.

I, the dark woman, in the trajectory of your consciousness: Indian born British poet Usha Kishore in conversation with Sutapa Chaudhuri

Usha Kishore is a British-Indian poet.

Light on Water: Conversations on Emergent Writing Methodologies with Mona Livholts: John Kelly

Mona Livholts is a Swedish feminist academic and writer.

In Conversation with Professor Mohammad A. Quayum
: Md Rezaul Haque

Mohammad A. Quayum is an academic, editor and translator based in Malaysia.

Christos Tsiolkas and the Ghosts of our Past: Heather Taylor Johnson

Christos Tsiolkas is an Australian novelist.

Launch of Writers in Conversation 2014: Diana Glenn

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