A rojak* of items that caught my eye this week…
William Bradbury interviews David Mitchell, whose early novels Ghostwritten and number9dream were set in Japan, for The Japan Times.
The 2016 FT/Oppenheimer Emerging Voices Awards have put out a call for submissions in three categories, fiction, film-making and art. Strangely, submissions are guided by geography. Those from African and the Middle East (Near West) can submit fiction; those from Asia can submit films; those from Latin America can submit art. Film makers in Asia click here for details!
Following the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival from Asia
As reported before, the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2016 will run in London from Wednesday 4 May until Wednesday 18 May. I promised to find out how readers in Asia could follow along on social media. Lucy Tomlinson, of Asia House, told me: “There won't be a dedicated Twitter account however we will be tweeting lots from our usual @asiahouseuk Twitter handle. The hashtag is #AHLitFest. We are on Facebook, Instagram, @asiahouseuk, and WeChat."
The Festival has a great line-up this year, and it should be interesting to keep an eye on it, even from a distance.
Translatory: new app from UK-based Arc Publications
Have you ever wondered what it's like to translate poetry into English? Do you burn to render the intricacies of a Malay rhyming couplet into the world’s most dominant language? Or are you just curious about how translation actually works? New app Translatory is your way in to translating from other languages into English. It is available everywhere. Arc spokesman Ben Styles told me: “The innovative interface we have built means that you don’t need to know the non-English language to get the most out of it, and even with a limited knowledge of English, you could still enjoy the app and learn from it.”
Give it a go - it’s free and takes very little storage space, so there are no obstacles. It is available for Apple here, and Android here.
Each week I make a suggestion of an interesting Twitter account you may like to follow. This week, The Bookworm, The Bookworm, in Beijing, is a bookshop, library, bar, restaurant and general hang-out for readers. It organises the annual Bookworm Literary Festival. @BeijingBookworm.