I’m speaking on a panel about the challenges female translators face in translating women from Pakistan, and what is a sound strategy for a solution. The panel is moderated by Sabin Muzaffar, the founder of the festival. My fellow panelists are Rabbania Shirjeel and Zarminae Ansari (Joy of Urdu).
I’ll be moderating a panel discussing the role of editors as enablers in the literary world. Speaking on the panel are Rosemarie Hudson (Hope Road Publishing), Mehvash Amin (The Aleph Review) and Wajiha Hyder (The News on Sunday)
I’ll be giving a keynote speech on the courage to believe in our own stories. As we navigate the world of publishing, its gatekeepers and its challenges, somewhere along the line, our spirit tires and we wonder why we are writing in the first place, and who cares about the stories we have to tell.
Desi Books podcast and Global Literature in Libraries Collaboration on South Asian Literature in Translation, December 2020, A conversation with Jenny Bhatt about Defiance of the Rose, next translation projects and the ‘fringe benefits’ of translation.
FEATURES, MENTIONS AND PRIZES
March 2020 “Window-faced”, a poem I wrote about my son losing his first tooth, was long-listed for the National Poetry Competition held by The Poetry Society UK. Read more about the competition here.
WORKS INCLUDED IN SYLLABI
Iffat Khala, Language Arts Grade 12
The short story Iffat Khala, published in The Scores, was taught as part of the syllabus for Language Arts to Grade 12 at Al-Hawar School Bahrain. The story was studied as a companion piece to King Lear and used specifically to study how attitudes towards infertility in women have evolved (or not) over time and place in different cultures.
Defiance of the Rose, Ph.D in World Literature in Translation
Spring 2020 Defiance of the Rose included on the syllabus for Ph.D in World Literature in Translation at Air University, Islamabad.
Defiance of the Rose, M.Phil in Women’s Writings
Fall 2020 Defiance of the Rose included on the M.Phil syllabus for the course Women’s Writings at Air University, Islamabad.
Defiance of the Rose, M.Phil Pakistani Literature in Translation
Spring 2021 Defiance of the Rose was included on the M.Phil syllabus for the course Pakistani Literature in Translation at Air University, Islamabad.