The literary lounge

Saturday, 9 July 2016 - 3:00pm Bangalore

British Council is delighted to invite you to The Literary Lounge

A series of discussions focused on the six Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction finalists and their shortlisted novels for 2016. 

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (BWPF) 

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman. Founded in 1996, the Prize was set up to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world. The year 2016 saw six Bailey’s finalists with compelling works of fiction including, Ruby by Cynthia Bond, The Green Road by Anne Enright, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie, The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.

Bringing the writings of these authors to connoisseurs of literature in an event hosted by the British Council, Nirmala Govindarajan (journalist/author/poet/theatre artist/documentarian) curates a series of discussions infused with insights on the BWPF 2016 novels by new-age Bangalore authors. Each of the six sessions will include dramatised readings, music befitting the mood of the texts and ensuing interactions. Partnered by Christina Daniels (author/ photographer/ poet/ communications specialist), with support from Yogita Dakshina (student of journalism and international politics, Bournemouth University), these sessions are all about celebrating the writings of the BWPF finalists for 2016.          

The first of this series begins on July 9. Christina Daniels will present her insights on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara in interaction with Nirmala Govindarajan. Manohar Prabhu (author/poet/musician), Romal Laisram (editor with the Human Rights Law Network/journalist/dancer/theatre artist/musician), Darius Taraporvala (former bureau chief NDTV Bangalore/theatre personality) and Jatin Prabhu (freelance journalist/writer), will present dramatized readings from the text.  Yogita Dakshina will present a song to highlight the mood of the novel.

Event Details

Date: Saturday 9 July, 2016

Time: 3 pm to 4.30 pm

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About the Presenters:

Nirmala Govindarajan: A Journalist, Author, Poet, Documentarian and Theatre artist. She writes on art, culture and literature for leading publications across the country.

Nirmala has been involved in literary and cultural activities as curator and co-festival director for the debut Times of India Literary Carnival, Bangalore in January 2014; curator of ‘Art for a Cause’, an initiative to promote the works of hearing-impaired artists for Times Foundation and Cheshire; designer of interactive presentations with renowned artists at the Bangalore branches of Max Mueller Bhavan and NGMA. Nirmala designed and moderated the session ‘Child Wise’ – a preventive and curative means to address child abuse within the society we live in at the British Council, Bangalore. Under the mentorship of renowned adman/author and documentarian (Late) Peter Colaco, Nirmala has made documentaries for NGOs and is currently involved in documenting development projects with special interest in Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and other depleting pockets of the country. Nirmala has co-authored two books – Mind Blogs 1.0 and Trailblazers of Bangalore. Her novel, The Community Catalyst, inspired by the life experiences of a bureaucrat and published by Sapna Books, will hit the stands shorty this year. Nirmala has been published in international poetry anthologies and is currently focusing on developmental verse, prose and fiction. She has written two socio-political fiction novels, which are up for publication. Nirmala trains youth in development communication, documents for the development sector and engages in theatre with focus on developmental themes. She plays the western classical piano and is extending her training in violin, in the same genre. 

Christina Daniels: A Writer, Photographer, Poet and Communications Specialist. She writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her books include I'll Do It My Way: The Incredible Journey of Aamir Khan and Ginger Soda Lemon Pop". She has co-authored ‘Mind Blogs 1.0’.As a Communications Specialist for 15 years, Christina has been an environmental journalist, conducted environmental workshops in schools, edited books and authored papers on social change, been a part of four dotcom startups, developed the website for Star TV's Kaun Banega Crorepati, conceptualized India's first corporate intranet, researched her Master's thesis on Imaging National Identity at the London School of Economics, created and delivered training programmes for global corporations, and been a columnist and freelance contributor to national and regional dailies. As a photo journalist, Christina has documented the transition of cities through Bangalore's transitioning landscape over the last decade. She has had several exhibitions of her work to raise awareness on Bangalore's architectural and historical heritage. Christina also curates the Urban Solace Book Club. In 2016, she also founded ‘History In Your Backyard’, a community initiative to help Bangaloreans rediscover the history of their city in everyday spaces.