Siddhartha Bose & Avaes Mohammed, photography by Naomi Woddis
The Shroud is a two-man, miniature epic about loss, time and the things that connect us. A father writes letters to his homesick son. A Kolkata potter shapes clay goddesses from the silt of the Ganges. A young man circles the funeral pyre.
Drawing on Hindu myth, memories and personal letters, The Shroud is composed as a series of interweaving dialogues between the poets and theatre-makers Siddhartha Bose and Avaes Mohammad. The ancient and the modern combine to create an inventive, quietly beautiful meditation on death, ritual, fathers and sons.
Writer: Siddhartha Bose
Performers: Siddhartha Bose, Avaes Mohammed
Director: Russell Bender
Producer: Tom Chivers
RichMix, The Asia House Festival of Literature, Arts Admin, Writers’ Centre Norwich, Gem Arts
Supported by Arts Council England
Posted February 2, 2014
Empire and Post-Empire in the Global City
Siddhartha will be reading at the ‘Empire and Post-Empire in the Global City’ conference at Kings College along with Elleke Boehmer, Paul Gilroy and Matt Feldman.
This conference is part of The Leverhulme-funded network, ‘Planned Violence: Post/colonial Urban Infrastructures and Literature’, which sets out to explore the shifting relationship between urban planning, violence and literary representation from colonial into postcolonial times. The network is based in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. Other writers at the conference include Iain Sinclair and Brian Chikwava.
Posted January 3, 2014
Digital Monsoon Videos
An excerpt from ‘LDN’, from Digital Monsoon
And a short excerpt from the ‘Cybosaurus’ sequence in the book
Posted December 20, 2013
Digital Monsoon in the Londonist
Londonist recently reviewed Digital Monsoon. This is what it says:
This new poetry collection plunges into the scuzzy, frothy, beautiful underbelly of London [...] It’s multi-ethnic, perfectly diverse London, with the second half upping the ante into the future with cyborgs and dystopia and general Bladerunner nightmares. But what we most love about this collection is how the imagery explodes dirtily in your mind. You may never look at cities the same way again.
Digital Monsoon was picked as part of the mag’s London fiction roundup. Read more here.
Posted December 12, 2013
Digital Monsoon Available
Digital Monsoon was published on November 5, 2013.
The Scottish Poetry Library recently picked it as one of the recommended books of 2013, along with new titles by Paul Muldoon, Ilya Kaminsky and Moniza Alvi.
You can order Digital Monsoon here
Posted October 17, 2013
Wasafiri- Metropoles, International Urban Writing
Siddhartha guest-edited a special issue of the international literary journal, Wasafiri, with novelist Courttia Newland. This issue has been close to two years in the making and features fiction, poetry, photography, reviews and essays from across the world, all of which focus on International Urban Writing.
Wasafiri is ‘a literary magazine at the forefront in mapping new landscapes in contemporary international literature today.’ Find out more on this special issue here.
Posted October 15, 2013