Anna Lewis

India - Wales Exchange of Words

Writers Chain

Poetry from India found a new Welsh voice in June 2011 with the start of a unique collaboration between Indian and Welsh poets. Wales Arts International and British Council's India-Wales Writers Chain project, brings together eight renowned poets - four working in Welsh and four in a range of Indian languages, for an exciting program organised by Wales Literature Exchange.

Welsh poets Menna Elfyn, Eurig Salisbury, Hywel Griffiths and Karen Owen spent a week collaborating with four Indian poets: the Malayalee literary legend K. Satchidanandan, the radical and outspoken young Tamil poet Meena Kandasamy, Mumbai-based Bengali poet Sampurna Chattariji and Robin Ngangom - a poet, editor and academic from North East India. The resulting cross translation and creative work is then showcased as performances in Bangor, Aberystwyth and at the Ledbury Poetry Festival.

India-Wales Writers Chain 2010-2012 was launched in 2010 at Hay Festival Kerala and aims to build cultural connections between Wales and India through literature. It has been developed by British Council in partnership with Wales Arts International and is supported by Welsh Government.

For further information on the poets involved in Writers Chain 2011, please follow the links below:

Menna Elfyn
Sampurna Chattariji
Hywel Griffiths
Karen Owen
Eurig Salisbury
K. Satchidanandan
Robin Ngangom

You can read/listen to how the writers got on by visiting the British Council Voices blog post:

Hay Festival 2009

Elfen/Dewi Glyn Jones

Wales - China 2017

Thomas Martin - Stratum 50 - Open Books

India Wales

Hay Festival Kerala

Patagonia 150

Patagonia - Marc Rees