Writers, etc.: Aurélia Lassaque in conversation with Yaseen Anwer, 24 September 2013 [fr]
The Embassy of France in India, Institut français en Inde and Alliance Française de Delhi present Writers, etc. with Aurélia Lassaque on Tuesday, 24th September 2013
The Embassy of France in India, Institut Français en Inde and Alliance Française de Delhi have the pleasure of hosting the 23rd session of “Writers, etc.” with Aurélia Lassaque, a renowned French poet writing both in French and in Occitan, a regional language from the South of France, in conversation with Yaseen Anwer, Founder and Managing Editor of the poetry group “Poets’ Corner. .
Writers, Etc. is a cultural event jointly organised by the Book Office of the Embassy of France in India, Institut Français en Inde and the Alliance Française de Delhi. This monthly rendezvous is a platform for literature, a space where the written word gets primacy, where literary ideas and their practitioners can genuinely interact with each other and the general public.
Aurélia Lassaque will also be touring three other Indian cities from 13th to 30th September 2013, during which she will participate in the Kritya Poetry Festival in Nagpur, Publishing Next Seminar in Goa, and Bangalore Literature Festival.
Aurélia Lassaque (b. 1983) is a French poet writing in French and in a regional language from southern France called Occitan. She is keenly interested in the relationship between poetry and music and has collaborated with musicians for numerous music and poetry shows. She has also collaborated creatively with various painters and visual artists for exhibitions in France, Italy and the US. Her poems have been translated into English, Italian, Asturian, Basque, Portuguese, Catalan, Spanish, Turkish and Finnish for numerous journals and anthologies. She regularly takes part in international festivals of poetry.
In 2010 she was the artistic director of the Festival of European and Mediterranean Minority Literatures (held in Italy). She is also a book reviewer for regional television, literary adviser of “Paroles Indigo” Festival (held in France) and her doctoral work is on Occitan baroque drama.
Yaseen Anwer is the Founder and Managing Editor of the poetry group “Poets’ Corner”, which was established in 2011. He is himself a widely published poet. Coming up with the innovative idea of publishing young aspiring poets with eminent personalities, this brainchild of his has over 1000 members across the world and over 11 printed anthologies. Yaseen writes in Hindi and English and the group promotes poetry in both languages. Born in Patna in a middle-class household with his father working as a doctor and mother as a homemaker, Yaseen completed his schooling from New Delhi and is pursuing his engineering in Bangalore. He believes poetry is the best expression of emotions and started reading and writing poetry at the age of fourteen, inspired by poets such as Rabindranath Tagore and Mirza Ghalib. Recognizing his talent and effort in the field of poetry, he was awarded the “Young Poet Award 2012” by the Indian Poetry Society.