Past & Present
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