Walking Cities

Dates:
  • 2014 - ongoing
Location:
  • Mumbai, Calcutta, Wales

Walking Cities pairs up UK and international writers and enables them to tour each other’s respective local cities, providing an opportunity for the visiting poet to encounter the foreign city through the eyes of their host. Walking cities has happened in countries across the world.


To mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth the British Council and Wales Arts International supported a series of ‘Walking Cities’ poet exchanges between key locations in Wales and India to foster dialogue and create opportunities for new creative collaborations. 

In November 2014, Rhian Edwards was paired with Ranjit Hoskote, and Eurig Salisbury with Sampurna Chattarji, for a series of walks through the streets of Mumbai, culminating in a collaborative performance at Mumbai Lit Live.

In February 2015, Joe Dunthorne was paired with Jeet Thayil, and Jonathan Edwards with Tishani Doshi, for a series of walks in Kolkata, culminating in a collaborative performance at Kolkata Book Fair. A film was also commissioned that captures the four writers walking through the streets of Kolkata:

 

Discover our Shakespeare Walking Cities as part of Shakespeare Lives here filmed on locations across Europe in 2016.

And Walking Cities Canada created in 2017 in cities across Canada are here.

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Joe Dunthorne 2011 credit Angus Muir

Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea, and is a graduate of the University of East Anglia...

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Tishani Doshi 1 Denzil Sequeira web

Tishani Doshi is a writer and dancer of Welsh-Gujarati origin. She was born in Madras, India, in 197...

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Jeet Thayil credit Basso Cannarsa website

Jeet Thayil was born in Kerala, India in 1959 and was educated in Hong Kong, New York and Bombay. He...

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Walking Cities Canada

| by Matt Beavers

Poets and writers walk, talk and share stories in these films from four cities across Canada.

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