The Living Days: Ananda Devi in conversation with Nisha Ramayya
January 22 @ 19:00 - 21:00£5
In THE LIVING DAYS, her masterful dissection of racism and the queasy nature of desire muddled with power, Ananda Devi paints an unforgettable portrait of London at its most bewitching, and most dangerous. This event will draw on Nisha Ramayya's exploration of fluid identity/ies, in resonance with Ananda's work, in order to spark a dialogue between an up-and-coming UK-based artist of dual cultural identity and an established Francophone writer who is herself from an island noted for its confluence of ethnic, cultural and linguistic identities, and who currently exists in the Anglophone literary landscape as a marginal voice.
Ananda Devi was born in Mauritius in 1957, and currently lives in France. She has published thirteen novels as well as short stories and poetry, and has won several literary awards, including the Académie française’s Prix du Rayonnement de la langue et de la littérature françaises. She is the author of Eve out of Her Ruins (2018), published by Les Fugitives & CB editions in 2016.
Nisha Ramayya grew up in Glasgow and is currently based in London. Her debut collection States of the Body Produced by Love is published by Ignota Books (2019). She is a member of the ‘Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK’ research group and a lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London.