Message from the Convenor of Literary Commons!:

Dalit and tribal literature is at the cutting-edge of contemporary Indian writing and opens up a fascinating world of story-telling in the 24 bhashas, or recognised languages of India (including English).

For the first time, a dozen Dalit and tribal writers visited Australia for an intimate engagement with fellow Indigenous writers and with readers interested in powerful literature that imagines a new world for humanity.

Playing upon the old idea of the ‘commons’ where communities and cultures share in a co-operative space of creativity, as well as building upon much that is common between our worldviews, Literary Commons! is a long-term and deep-impact project that brings together writers and fosters literary exchanges that are of especial relevance to Australia and India: First Nations/Indigenous and bhasha/Dalit/tribal literatures.

This program was convened by Monash Asia Institute and Monash Indigenous Centre at Monash University. The project was supported by Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature, the City of Melbourne and the National Organising Committee for Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (Sydney 2013).

Come discover this world with us through these pages, the writers bios and their writings.


Dr Mridula Nath Chakraborty

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