About the authorNia Davis was born in Sheffield and lives in Wales. Her first book-length collection of poems All fours (Bloodaxe Books, 2017) follows the pamphlets England (Crater, 2017), ekoslovakyallatramadklarmzdanmsnz or Long Words (Hafan/Boiled String, 2016) and Then Spree (Salt, 2012). She has been editor of the international quarterly magazine Poetry Wales since 2014. Her poems and essays have been published and translated widely and she has appeared at several international festivals. She has worked on and co-curated transcultural collaborative projects with Literature Across Frontiers, Wales Literature Exchange, Wales International Poetry Festival and others. A frequent collaborator with other poets and artists, she co-curated Gelynion, a Welsh Enemies project on collaboration in contemporary poetry in Wales in 2015. Her poetry has been translated into Arabic, Czech, Kannada, Kurdish, Latvian, Mandarin, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish and Welsh. Nia is currently undertaking practice-based research into poetry, performance and ritual at the University of Salford.
Mamta Sagar, a poet, playwright and translator from Bengaluru, India. She delves into the sounds and music innate to Kannada language and intersects her poetry performances with multimedia, multilingual and collaborative projects. Mamta has five poetry collections in Kannada. Hide and Seek is a bilingual collection of her selected poems in English with the source text in Kannada (Kadalu, 2014). Chukki Chukki Chandakki (CVG, 1993) and The Swing of Desire (OUP 2004) are her published plays. Beyond Barriers (Centre for Slovenian Literature, 2011), Interversions (Poetrywala, 2018) and Elif Shfak’s The Forty Rules of Love in Kannada (DesiPustaka); conferred with Bhashabharathi Translation Award are among her works of translation.
Her writings have/will be published in The Charles River Journal (Boston) AGenda (South Africa), Lyrikline (Berlin), Journal of Transcultural Writings (Leeds), South Asian Studies News Letter (IOWA), Indian Literature (India). Her recent creative work includes kShaNabindu a poetry-music collaboration with musicians Vasu Dixit & Bindumalini. Mamta has facilitated poetry workshops internationally. She is the founder director of Kaavya Sanje Trust. Rucksack, at Global Poetry Patchwork, an Art-Poetry installation project developed and co-curated by Mamta Sagar with artist Antje Stehn is on display at the Piccolo Museo della Poesia, in Piacenza (Little Museum of Poetry), Italy. She currently works as a faculty of Creative Writing at Srishti-Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology and lives in Bengaluru.