indiapen

Ruth Padel, ‘The Tangled Bank’ (PEN & Prithvi, 26 July 2010)

In Uncategorized on July 18, 2010 at 2:18 pm

THE PEN ALL-INDIA CENTRE & PRITHVI THEATRE

invite you to

‘THE TANGLED BANK’

A reading by RUTH PADEL

Date: 26 July 2010 (Monday)
Time: 7 pm
Place: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road
Juhu, Bombay 400 049

ALL ARE WELCOME: THIS READING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

On the last page of The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin proposes his famous vision of life-forms co-existing alongside each other: of an entangled bank, clothed with plants of many kinds, birds singing on the bushes, various insects flitting about, worms crawling through the damp earth. These elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us: there is grandeur in this view of life with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or one.

A descendant of Darwin, the distinguished British poet and novelist Ruth Padel will read from a bank of her own work, both poetry and prose, drawing parallels between the forms of words on the page and those of natural history, stressing the interconnectedness of poetry and science, theatre and nature. She will read her highly praised poems about Darwin, poems on wildlife and genetics, from her novel Where the Serpent Lives, featuring the Hamadryad or King Cobra in forests of Karnataka and Bengal, and from Tigers in Red Weather, her book on tiger conservation throughout Asia. Padel will also do a rare reading from her work on Greek Tragedy, arguing that from its Western origins, the theatre has been the place that makes visible the unseen.

For more on the author, please see: http://www.ruthpadel.com

RANJIT HOSKOTE
Hon. Secretary-Treasurer
The PEN All-India Centre

Inquiries: india.pen@gmail.com

*

Advertisements

PEN@Prithvi + Kshitij: International Poetry Festival

In Uncategorized on February 7, 2010 at 9:23 am

PEN@Prithvi & Kshitij Prakashan Sanshodhan Kendra

invite you to

TWO EVENINGS OF INTERNATIONAL POETRY

on Sunday: 7 February & Monday: 8 February 2010

at

Prithvi House
Opp. Prithvi Theatre, 1st Floor,
Janki Kutir, Juhu, Mumbai 400 049

*

– SUNDAY, 7 February 2010
6:30 p.m.
(Poets: Peter Waugh, Maria Elena Blanco, and Enrique Moya)

– MONDAY, 8 February 2010
6:30 p.m.
(Poets: Victoria Slavusky, Dieter Berdel, and Hanane Aad)

*

Peter Waugh, (Austria/ English) Born in Barnet, 1956, Waugh’s poetry has appeared in anthologies and magazines in England, USA, Austria, Slovakia, Macedonia and Croatia.

Dieter Berdel (Austria/German) Born in 1939, Berdel has written poetry, short prose and visual poetry in both High German and Viennese dialect. He has published ten books.

Enrique Moya (Austrian-Venezuelan/English) Born in Caracas, 1958, Moya is a poet, fiction writer, literary translator, publisher, essayist, music and literary critic.

María Elena Blanco (Cuban/Spanish) Blanco is a poet, essayist and translator born in Havana, Cuba. She writes predominantly in her native Spanish.

Victoria Slavuski (Argentinian/Spanish) Slavuski is a poet, novelist and cultural journalist who lives in Europe. She has published a novel.

Hanane Aad (Lebanese/Arabic) Aad is a poet who combines contributions to print media, television and radio. She has published three collections of poetry.

KAMAL VORA
for Kshitij

RANJIT HOSKOTE
for PEN@Prithvi

*

Inquiries: india.pen@gmail.com

Launch of Kalpish Ratna’s The Quarantine Papers

In Uncategorized on February 7, 2010 at 9:21 am

THE PEN ALL-INDIA CENTRE & RANGASWAR/CHAVAN CENTRE

invite you to a book reading from The Quarantine Papers

by KALPISH RATNA

The reading will be followed by an interactive session with the authors,
Kalpana Swaminathan and Ishrat Syed

Date: 5 February 2010 (Friday)
Time: 6.00 pm
Place: Cultural Hall, 4th Floor, Chavan Centre
Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021

Please join us for tea at 5.30 pm.

*

ALL ARE WELCOME: THIS MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

*

The Quarantine Papers is a detective story set across two lifetimes. It brings into focus the great adventures in medical science that took place in Bombay at the turn of the 19th century. The setting is the historic Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Hospital which saw the discoveries and innovations that shaped the medicine of today. The plague epidemic of 1897 is chiefly remembered for the work of Waldemar Haffkine, but the many Indians who shared his discoveries have been long forgotten. This book celebrates these forgotten voices, placing them in their political and cultural milieu, authenticating their stories by drawing on archived documents.

Kalpana Swaminathan and Ishrat Syed write together as Kalpish Ratna. Surgeons by profession, and writers by avocation, they write extensively on science, medicine, literature and the arts. Bombay University’s Grant Medical College is their alma mater. They believe that science has and deserves its true place in the arts. Swaminathan lives in Bombay. Syed divides his time between Bombay and Long Beach, Mississippi.

Ranjit Hoskote
Hon. Secretary-Treasurer
The PEN All-India Centre

Inquiries: india.pen@gmail.com