India has long been the subject of literary fascination, from within and without. But what does it mean to write about a country, particularly when your sense of belonging may be complicated or compromised? And as far as muses go, what particular appeal or challenges does India present as a place and culture? Manisha Jolie Amin (Dancing to the Flute), Roanna Gonsalves (The Permanent Resident), and Bem Le Hunte (There, Where the Pepper Grows) discuss their personal experiences of India as a literary influence. Chaired and programmed by editor and writer Zoya Patel.
Zoya Patel is the award-winning author of No Country Woman, a memoir of race, religion and feminism. She is also the founder of feminist literary organisation, Feminartsy and co-host of the Margin Notes podcast alongside Yen Eriksen. Zoya has won numerous awards for her writing and editing, and has been published widely, including in The […]
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