Reading Hour is, as many of you know, a print magazine published from Bangalore. I enjoy contributing to this magazine, and have had a few stories published here before. This time it was a story and a poem, in their July issue. I’d meant to write about it, but my intermittent computer problems kept me away and after that I plain forgot! So why now? Vaishali, who is Reading Hour’s editor, wrote to me about reader feedback:
“Rumjhum Biswas has the ability to delve deep into the complex pool that is the human mind and it’s currents.”
Here is the link: http://www.readinghour.in/testimonials.php?Result_Set=0
Thank you Smitha!
My story, “Mummy Cat” is about a dysfunctional family, set in the ’70s, in Bengal. You can buy the July issue or better still subscribe to Reading Hour by going here
You can read a preview of the magazine’s July issue here
The poem, my first for Reading Hour, entitled “The Telephone is a Plastic Thing” is dedicated to my childhood friend and freelance journalist, and a brave stoic, Mythily Ramachandran.
Before I go, thank you readers!
Soniah Kamal has a Q & A session with me in her blog, about my story Threshold which was published in Sugarmule Issue 43. The issue was themed on “The World and I – No Place Like Home” and edited by Soniah Kamal, who is a writer herself, and also a wonderful editor. There are many writers and poets in Sugarmule 43 whose work I admire. I am naturally happy to be included.
Read my Q & A here - Q & A with R. K. Biswas for World & I Series- Sugar Mule ‘No Place Like Home’
The home page of Gutter Eloquence Magazine, an online poetry journal edited by Jack T Marlowe, has a statutory warning:
“This site is not suitable for persons under 18 years of age.”
Maybe it’s tongue-in-cheek. The magazine certainly is. And therefore, a nice and decent enough (Hee!) home for some of my poems.
My poem “Middle Age Finger” is included in Gutter Eloquence’s latest issue. In case you didn’t know, middle aged women also have middle fingers.
Enter the current issue of Gutter Eloquence here
Go straight to my poem here
The Shoe Millionaire is a piece of very short fiction or flash. It is one of those stories that tend to germinate and sprout when I’m caught in an askance mood. That is a strange term I know. But I can’t think of calling it anything else now. The poems and stories that arise from these moods are a form of spontaneous out pouring; I rarely control them, can’t. And even during the saner moments of editing they seem to have a creative will of their own. I like to think of these creative exercises as things I found from the spaces between air molecules, the void between sounds, glow from the etheric we fail to see. You can call them obscure. And I will probably have written a bag-full by the time I kick the bucket! Okay, without further ado over a tiny story, here it is in the July issue of Spark: The Shoe Millionaire
This the second edition of Reaching the World. I had attended the first one, and certainly recommend it for writers and authors, literary translators, scholars, publishers and others in the industry. I have copy-pasted the information below from a mail sent to me and other past participants by Jane Camens and Nury Vittachi (read more about Nury in Wikipedia). Regarding this years AP Writers conference in Bangkok, take a look at their website as well: http://apwriters.org/asia-pacific-writers-supports-s-e-a-write-festival/
Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (AP Writers),
‘Reaching the World 2013′ is Bangkok’s second international writers’ showcase bringing together authors, literary translators, scholars, teachers of Creative Writing, publishing professionals and others from Asia and beyond. This 3-day international conference with workshops and a free public day enables writers, readers, scholars, students, publishing industry professionals and interested members of the public to network and share their work in conjunction with one of Asia’s longest-running and most prestigious literary events, the S.E.A. Write Award.
The conference includes keynotes from distinguished scholars and special lectures by internationally acclaimed authors, including (tentatively) Bangkok’s Governor and Chairman of the S.E.A. Write Award, M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra, Professor Edwin Thumboo (former S.E.A. Write awardee and Emeritus Professor, National University of Singapore), Dr Katy Shaw, Subject Leader for English Literature and Director of Centre 21 at the University of Brighton, and Scottish novelist Jenni Fagan, named this year as one of Granta Magazine’s Best Young British Novelists.
We invite papers and presentations on the following subthemes:
– Teaching Creative Writing
– Literary Translations
– Writing (and changing?) Cultural Identity
– Food in Literature
– Music/Art in Literature
– Online Writing
– Young Writers
– Literary Fiction
– Creative Non Fiction (including biography and memoir)
– Genre Fiction
– Other related topics
‘Reaching the World 2013′ includes:
- 3-day International Conference in the Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Building, Chulalongkorn University. Each day’s formal proceedings finish at approx 3 pm to accommodate other activities.
- Evening Readings & Book Launches
- Creative Writing Workshops
- The S.E.A. Write Awards Presentations Gala Dinner*
- AP Writers’ AGM, on Saturday 5 October. The Association’s Board and Committee Chairs will be elected or reappointed at the meeting, and priorities reevaluated.
- Free Sunday Writers Festival, Sunday 6 October, hosted by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration in conjunction with UNESCO’s designation of Bangkok as ’2013 World Book Capital’.
- Farewell Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s Thai restaurant, Sala Rim Naam, hosted by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.
To offer a presentation or longer paper with a focus on teaching and practice of creative writing, email Jose (‘Butch’) Dalisay, Chair of AP Writers’ Academic Committee: email@example.com. Deadline: 10 August, 2013.
To offer a presentation or longer paper on literary translation, email Eliza Vitri Handayani, Chair of AP Writers’ Translation Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: 10 August, 2013.
If you are teaching Creative Writing at a university which offers this discipline and would like to offer a half-day or full-day workshop, send a paragraph describing the workshop you’d like to offer along with a brief bio to AP Writers’ Board Member Xu Xi at email@example.com.
If you would like to read your poetry or discuss your creative writing on the panels at the public forum on Sunday 6 October in the Bangkok Arts & Culture Centre, or if you want to launch a new book at ‘Reaching the World 2013′, email Jane Camens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The 2013 S.E.A. Write Gala Award Presentation Dinner Celebrating 35 Years of Literary Talents in ASEAN will be held in the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental on the evening of either Thursday 3 October or Friday 4 October, the date yet to be confirmed by the Royal Palace. The guest speaker for this year’s awards is Irish novelist Edna O’Brien. This is a formal, traditional occasion presided over by a member of the Royal Family. Registered conference participants may attend for the special rate of THB 1,000 (US$33). Register for the S.E.A. Gala event before 19 September 2013 by emailing Somsri (Susie) Hansirisawasdi, Director of Public Relations, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok: email@example.com.
Conference registration fee: TBA
NB: All participants are required to find their own funding and accommodation. The conference organisers can not sponsor speakers. Keynote speakers will be sponsored by foreign embassies or other organisations.
Accommodation at SaSa International House
Chulalongkorn University’s hostel for visiting professors, SaSa International House, will make a limited number of affordable rooms available for participants. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. Other budget accommodation can be suggested.