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Stories about Literature

‘Strollout’: Australia’s word of 2021 alludes to the slow vaccine rollout and delayed climate action

Cartoonist Veteran Peter Broelman joked, "‘The government is a bunch of heartless climate-denying rorting crooks who only look after themselves’ was too long to fit on a page."

Paulina Chiziane, Mozambican writer, wins the Camões Award of 2021

Paulina Chiziane, 66, was born in Manjacaze, Mozambique and studied Linguistics in Maputo. In 33 years, this is the third time that the prize has been awarded to a Mozambican...

South Asia mourns Indian feminist icon Kamla Bhasin

Kamla Bhasin, a pioneer of the women’s rights movement in South Asia, died on September 25, 2021 in New Delhi, India. Activists remembered her on social media and mourned her...

Literary translation from South Asia lags in international markets

Global Voices talked to Jenny Bhatt, an Indian American writer, literary translator, and book critic about her recent literary translations and South Asian literature's prospects in the international market.

After Dutch Literary Prize winner says Suriname ‘needed’ former president Bouterse, organisers cancel her award ceremony

In 2019, Dési Bouterse, who first came to power in a coup, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after he was convicted for the execution 15 dissidents in 1982.

The decline of Occitan: A failure of cultural initiatives, or abandonment by the state?

A setback for Occitan, spoken by more than half a million people in France, due to failed cultural initiatives or to the policy of the French State?

Ukrainian library reinvents itself for a New Age

A youth library in Kherson shows the way to thriving in uncertain times as an educational and literary hub for the local community and wider region.

The first woman dub poet, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, dies at her rural Jamaican home

Reflective of Jamaica’s storytelling tradition, her work involved repeated chanting in a narrative style.

Tintin in Bangladesh…. only in the artist's imagination!

A Bangladeshi cartoonist is drawing nostalgic memories of the European comic book "The Adventures of Tintin" through his fan art "Tintin in Bangladesh" — with a local twist.

Balloons, graffiti, sports and economic power are the latest tools of Palestinian resistance

These latest acts of resistance reflect the energy brought to the movement by young people seeking their right to self-determination and to claim the spaces in which they live.

Roland Watson-Grant, Caribbean regional winner of the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, tells a tale of rural Jamaica

"I think the collective Jamaican experience can be summed up in the words of Paulo Coelho: ‘We all have one foot in a fairytale, and the other in the abyss.’"

Netflix’s new series on Yasuke, the African samurai, is a new dawn for Black characters in animation

Rather than a biography of the African Samurai, the a six-part series takes the void of knowledge post-1582 as a starting point to a re-imagined alternate reality and fantastical story.

Alternative Indian movies: Is Netflix at last embracing cultural diversity?

Netflix, which has become the entertainment go-to for millions during the pandemic's prolonged lockdowns, is exploring new Indian productions that stray away from the typical plotlines and visuals.

The Caribbean's foremost literary festival has released its 2021 longlist; Trinidad & Tobago writers dominate

“Where else would you find Trinidadian street food in the same volume as an appraisal of Thom Gunn's poetry, or Dylan Thomas rubbing shoulders with soca?”

Trinidadian activist and writer Colin Robinson, who did the ‘work of social history,’ has died

"Imagination is as critical to social justice as power. Unless we imagine more just futures and how we get there, change won’t come."

Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouthi's death mourned by many

Mourid wrote: "It’s fine to die, once, our hands crossed on our chests, empty and pale, with no scratches, no chains, no banners, and no petitions."

Nearly six centuries after his birth, who owns Alisher Navoiy, the ‘father of Uzbek literature?’

February 9 marks the birth anniversary of a 15th-century Afghanistan-born poet who championed Turkic heritage, and became a national literary symbol in Soviet and later independent Uzbekistan.

Guyanese-American author celebrates Caribbean identity in new alphabet book

'I noticed how scarce and inaccessible Black children's literature was, compared to other fictional children's books.'

Will poetry be enough to get Czechs to embrace anti COVID-19 vaccination?

The Czech government has launched a new communication campaign aimed at overcoming the population's fear or suspicion of vaccination.

From COVID-19 to Caribbean literature, this is what the region looked like in 2020

COVID-19 was at the top of the news cycle this year. In the Caribbean, the pandemic exacerbated already existing issues, but also allowed regional netizens to reimagine their collective future.

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