Natalie Ann Holborow's first poetry collection And Suddenly You Find Yourself launches on Saturday at Kolkata Book Festival, the biggest book fair in the world.
As part of our Wales India collaboration – Valley, City, Village – Natalie is in India for the launch, accompanied by the multi-talented artist and writer Siôn Tomos Owen and the Young People's Laureate of Wales Sophie McKeand. Siôn Tomos Owen's innovative bi-lingual collection Cawl has received rave reviews (Siôn is the presenter of the hit TV documentary programme Pobol Y Rhondda, whose second series airs in March). He will be drawing, singing and writing as part of the project. Sophie McKeand will be leading a series of workshops on creativity for Kolkata schools.
After the festival they will be hosted in India for three weeks by Esha Chatterjee with the publishing company Bee Books who have launched a list of new European writing across India.
'The book fair is an exciting experience for writers, last year we had two and half million people attend over ten days so its popular. The people of Kolkata see it as the highlight of the year, there's just so many books. We're particularly delighted to welcome our new writer friends from Wales - they'll love it.'