Letter from the Editors
Welcome to the February 2018 issue of Writers in Conversation. We are delighted to publish our ninth collection of interviews with a diverse selection of writers at work today: novelists, poets, translators and academics from 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, geography, race, religion, immigration and diaspora. Two of the writers (Bama Faustina Soosairaj and Kapilkrishna Thapur) are activists from India; one is an indigenous writer (Leane Betasamosake Simpson) from Canada, and one the prominent British author, academic and journalist Will Self. The work of the leading world writer J.M. Coetzee is the subject of an article bringing together the insights of five of his translators, something else highly pertinent to questions of world writing.
We are delighted to have a mixture of writers here from the very well-known to the as yet lesser known, writers who merit attention for their politics, their stories and the feelings they portray. 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 – and if you think you have something that would interest us, please do send it!
Nick Turner and Gillian Dooley
Welcome to the August 2017 issue of Writers in Conversation. In this issue, we feature a variety of interviews showing different approaches to the written word.
Mamang Dai, a poet and novelist based in Arunchal Pradesh, India, talks to Jaydeep Sarangi about being an English-language writer with a background in the oral tradition of the Adi people. Goutam Karmakar talks to Kerala poet K.V. Dominic about a distinguished career in literature and academia. B.N. Gaikwad and Sumeet R. Patil interview Gail Omvedt, American-born activist now based in India, about her work in the anti-caste movement. Poet Subodh Sarkar talks to Jaydeep Sarangi about his early life as the son of a refugee from East Bengal and the struggle to make a life in writing and academia. And lastly, artist Carol Sommer talks to Frances White about her project using the novels of Iris Murdoch as material in her process art.
We hope you enjoy this rich and varied issue.
Gillian Dooley and Nick Turner, Editors.
Writers in Conversation is now celebrating its fourth birthday. As editors we are delighted that conversations with a fascinating range of writers continue to come in from all over the world.
In this issue, Mahuya Bhaumik interviews Indian Dalit activist, writer and critic Sharan Kumar Limbale; Gillian Dooley talks to Australian musician and memoirist Anna Goldsworthy; Rob Harle interviews Indian poet, critic and translator D.C. Chambial, and Sunil Sharma discusses ghazals with poet Steffen Horstmann.
Abhimanyu Pandey introduces Robin Gregory, US author of The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman. Elisabetta Marino has conducted two interviews, one with Chicago novelist Tony Ardizzone and the other with travel writer Arup K. Chatterjee.
To round out this issue, Jaydeep Sarangi has contributed two interviews, one with Australian writer and academic Catherine Cole and the other with Malsawmi Jacob, another multi-faceted writer living in Bangalore, India.
We'd like to thank all our interviewers, the writers they interviewed and everyone who reads the journal. Please continue to spread the word about it!
We hope you will enjoy reading and learning from the mix of interviews in this issue as much as we did.