New Passages at the Book Festival

Hear about a globetrotting adventure

New Passages, a project conducted in partnership with An Lanntair, Stornoway, and the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, which enabled us to unite Scottish and Indian writers and take them on a round trip from Edinburgh to the Isle of Lewis and Kolkata, India, culminated in a special event at this year’s Book Festival. The four writers – Abir Mukherjee, Nalini Paul, Sandip Roy and Sampurna Chattarji – took to the stage to share their experience of a personal journey across the two countries and through time, inspired by the Mackenzie Collection of South Asian art. You can now listen to the event in full using the player below.

The four writers will share their final reflections on their trips, the collection and the impact the journey has had on them this site later this month.

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Homecomings | Sandip Roy

22nd October 2018

A new piece of writing by Sandip Roy, the award-winning Kolkata-based author of Don’t Let Him Know, and a contributor to NPR in the U.S. as well as the New York Times, the Guardian, BBC, the Telegraph and more. Part of New Passages....

New Beginnings | Abir Mukherjee

19th October 2018

A new short story from award-winning author Abir Mukherjee, inspired by his journey from Edinburgh to Stornoway to Kolkata, India, as part of our New Passages project, supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery....

New Passages at the Book Festival

11th October 2018

New Passages, a project conducted in partnership with An Lanntair, Stornoway, and the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, which enabled us to unite Scottish and Indian writers and take them on a round trip from Edinburgh to the Isle of Le...

New Passages: Nalini Paul pt 2

21st February 2018

Following an initial writing residency on the Isle of Lewis in August 2017 – reflections on which you can read on this site – last month novelist Abir Mukherjee and poet Nalini Paul travelled to Kolkata to work with two India-based w...

New Passages: Abir Mukherjee pt 2

19th February 2018

Following an initial writing residency on the Isle of Lewis in August 2017 – reflections on which you can read on this site – last month novelist Abir Mukherjee and poet Nalini Paul travelled to Kolkata to work with two India-based w...

New Passages: Sampurna Chattarji

16th February 2018

The following piece is the first response from Sampurna Chattarji, a poet, novelist, translator and children’s author of fourteen published titles. She is currently the Poetry Editor of The Indian Quarterly. In my most recent poetry bo...

New Passages: Sandip Roy

16th February 2018

Following an initial writing residency on the Isle of Lewis in August 2017 – reflections on which you can read on this site – last month novelist Abir Mukherjee and poet Nalini Paul travelled to Kolkata to work with two India-based w...

New Passages: From Edinburgh to Kolkata

11th January 2018

Last August we launched New Passages, a special year-long project commemorating the 70th anniversary both of Indian independence and partition and of Edinburgh becoming a Festival City, in partnership with An Lanntair’s festival of South...

New Passages: Nalini Paul

13th October 2017

In August we launched New Passages, a year-long project commemorating the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and partition, in partnership with An Lanntair in Stornoway and Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, with support from the Br...

New Passages: Abir Mukherjee

11th October 2017

In August we launched New Passages, a year-long project commemorating the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and partition, in partnership with An Lanntair in Stornoway and Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, with support from the Br...

On the road in August

20th September 2017

Our Booked! programme in August was the biggest we have delivered yet. Making the most of the fantastic authors who join us in Edinburgh for the Book Festival, we toured to three towns and cities with mini-Festivals, took writers to the ...

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