Events - Festival 2019

Past & Present

Thursday 8 March, 14:15 - 15:15
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens - Council Chamber

Anindya Raychaudhuri on Faiz Ahmed Faiz; Jess Orr on Olive Fraser

In our Past & Present sessions, contemporary speakers share their enthusiasm for favourite past poets. Anindya Raychaudhuri, a lecturer in English with particular interest in the cultural representation and collective memory of conflict, will be looking at the Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz through the lens of partition and post-independence politics. Faiz was a celebrated intellectual and revolutionary who wrote in Urdu and Punjabi. Anindya will be joined by Jess Orr, who has programmed for the Audacious Women festival and co-organised Scotland’s inaugural festival of women’s writing, Open the Door. She will share favourite poems by the Scottish poet Olive Fraser who – though her poems were much praised – never saw a collection of her work published in her lifetime.

Supported by the School of English at the University of St Andrews

Participants: Jess Orr and Anindya Raychaudhuri
Anindya Raychaudhuri: Arts and Humanities Research Council and Steve Haywood


Council Chamber – The Town Hall, Queens Gardens

Location: At the top of Queens Gardens, on the corner with South Street

Includes: Council Chamber, Supper Room, Auditorium/Public Hall, Fife Contemporary foyer

Right in the centre of St Andrews, The Town Hall...