My Family and Other Superheroes author, Jonathan Edwards, has been invited to take part in the ‘Walking Cities’ exchange, which will see him trade places with an Indian counterpart in Kolkata in February.
Part of the Dylan Thomas centenary celebrations, and organised by the British Council, Walking Cities pairs up UK and international writers and enables them to tour each other’s respective home cities, providing an opportunity for the visiting poet to encounter the foreign city through the eyes of the local host.
Jonathan will be shown around Kolkata by fellow Seren author Tishani Doshi, whose modern Mabinogion retelling, Fountainville, was inspired by India's rich mythological landscape. Walking with Jonathan and Tishani will be Welsh author Joe Dunthorne, whose short story, Rising, Falling, will be published in New Welsh Short Stories in March 2015, and Indian poet Jeet Thayil.
The tour will cumulate with an event at Kolkata Book Fair on 7th February, where Jonathan and his fellow travelers will share their insights from the experience.
The British Council will be recording Jonathan’s experience for a podcast, which will be featured in Guernica magazine, so you can keep up with the adventure.