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Hay Festival International Fellows

Hay Festival International Fellows

Jon Gower and Tiffany Murray represent literature from Wales at Hay Festival Kerala, India

Hay Festival International Fellows, Jon Gower and Tiffany Murray, represent literature from Wales at Hay Festival Kerala, India.

Hay Festival Kerala, which takes place from 17-19 November 2011, will feature some of Wales’ most established writers, including Jon Gower and Tiffany Murray, the inaugural Hay Fellows, with support from Wales Arts International.

The fellowships give Jon and Tiffany the opportunity to experience each of Hay’s growing international festivals in Kenya, Spain, Mexico and India and to develop their own work and projects through their year long tenure.

Jon Gower is one of Wales’s brightest literary talents. He grew up in Llanelli, graduated in English from Cambridge University and now lives in Cardiff. A former BBC Wales arts and media correspondent, he has published ten books, including An Island Called Smith, winner of the John Morgan Travel Award.

Tiffany Murray is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan. She is also the author of the recently published Diamond Star Halo (Portobello Books, 2010) and Happy Accidents (Harper Perennial, 2005), both of which were short-listed for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. Tiffany’s short fiction has appeared in Pretext, Mslexia, and New Welsh Review.

At the Hay Festival in Kerala, Jon and Tiffany’s activities include an interview with Susie Nicklin, British Council’s Director Literature. The discussion is titled A Sense of The World and the authors will reflect on their own works, most recently Uncharted, by Jon Gower and Diamond Star Halo by Tiffany Murray, also discussing more broadly the nature of travel and sense of place. Please click here for further information on Hay Kerala 2011.

Wales Arts International Co-director, Harry McIver, said:

"The Hay Festival is one of the UK’s leading literary festivals and offers a unique platform for writers and publishers from all over the world here in Wales, the UK and overseas. In building mutual relationships of trust and understanding it is vital that we engage with other cultures in a meaningful way and working with the Hay Festivals provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase Welsh writers, publishers and ideas around the world. Hay has already developed an international strategy, working successfully with great energy to take their brand overseas and we are delighted to help develop this ambition through the Hay Festival International Fellowships."

Also In Kerala, a week before the Hay Festival, Welsh poets Si├ón Melangell Dafydd, Robert Minhinnick, Twm Morys and Eurig Salisbury, as part of Wales Arts International and British Council’s India-Wales Writers’ Chain project, will collaborate with four Indian poets: the Malayali literary legend K. Satchidanandan, renowned contemporary Hindi poet Anamika, Mumbai-based Bengali poet Sampurna Chattarji and Malayali poet and translator, Anitha Thampi. The festival will see this project culminate in a series of exciting performances by some of these Welsh and Indian poets and also discussions about translation and language diversity.

For further information on Writers Chain, please click here.


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