JJ Books at the South Asian Literature Festival
Daniela and I will join a panel discussing 'Revisiting Mythology'
Posted on: 21st October 2013
I first began work on the material since published as Brahma Dreaming some time ago. Here at JJ Books we have always been convinced that these wonderful stories would make a beautiful book – though initially, we did privately admit to harbouring some doubts about the extent of an appetite among the public for a retelling of the Hindu myths.
I now realise that our scepticism could not have been more misplaced. Contrary to what we feared, there is a gathering momentum behind fresh and creative reinterpretations of this area – often with a strong visual element.
For example, Amruta Patil has deservedly received a lot of praise for Adi Parva, the graphic novel retelling the Indian epic Mahabharata (where many of the stories in Brahma Dreaming can be found). The popularity of the graphic novel is growing rapidly in India, and publishers are addressing mythological themes in stylish and imaginative ways.
In view of this developing trend, it is therefore highly appropriate that one of the strands at this year’s South Asian Literature Festival will be focusing on mythology. I am delighted that Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini and I have been invited to appear on a panel at the festival, discussing the topic of ‘Revisiting Mythology’.
The event will be held at the University of Westminster in London on 26 October at 4:30pm. The other panellists will be authors Sarwat Chadda and Sangheeta Bahadur, and cartoonist Mike Medaglia. It should be a fascinating discussion.
I hope to see you all there. Tickets are £5 (you can also buy a £15 day pass allowing entry to a number of events), and can be bought on the festival’s website.