A literary cabaret giving voice to the contemporary connections between Scotland and India.
Join award-winning crime writer Abir Mukherjee and Nalini Paul, poet and 2017 Robert Louis Stevenson Writing Fellow, for an evening of readings and conversation as they begin a special literary journey capturing their personal responses to the celebrated Mackenzie art collection. Marking the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and partition, what new light can be shone on the current and future relationship of Scotland and India through the filter of this ancient collection?
Followed by Aziz Ibrahim: Artist talk at 8.15pm
Presented in partnership by the Edinburgh International Book Festival & An Lanntair.
“Such rich cross-fertilisation between Asia and Scotland. Simply gorgeous.”
– Audience member, From Lahore to Lewis
2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival & An Lanntair co-hosted event
Associate Director of the Edinburgh Book Festival Roland Gulliver said: “We are delighted to be partnering with An Lanntair and the Apeejay Kolkata Literature Festival on New Passages and this special event in Stornoway. As Edinburgh marks its 70th year as a festival city, New Passages is a reflective project marking 70 years of Indian independence, and the interconnected history of Scotland and India. It’s a positive project which through the filter of Colin Mackenzie’s ancient art collection, allows contemporary authors and artists to give new voice to the developing relationship between these nations.”
This event marks the beginning of the New Passages exchange project, an international author and artist exchange led by An Lanntair, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, supported by the British Council.