Bangladeshi poet Kaiser HAQ selected for a 3 months international residence at Les Récollets, Paris
This summer, distinguished Bangladeshi poet Kaiser HAQ will be spending three months in Paris as part of an international residency in Les Récollets (http://www.international-recollets-paris.org/) jointly organized by the City of Paris and the Institut Français, France’s international agency for cultural policy affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Kaiser Haq is one of the six writers from all over the world to have been awarded this residency for 2013.
Kaiser Haq will be the first Bangladeshi poet to be officially invited to France for a residency. His application was strongly supported by Alliance Française de Dhaka, whose director, Mr. Olivier Litvine has started translating some of Kaiser Haq’s poems into French, some of which can be read on a specially dedicated website :
When in France, Kaiser Haq will develop his own specific writing project. He will also participate in several public readings and poetry festivals. There will be a bilingual reading of his poems bringing him and Olivier Litvine together at the Marguerite Audoux Paris Public Library on 6 July and a breakfast talk on July 18. He has also been invited to an international Festival of Poetry in Sète from 20 to 23 September. Last but not least, he will meet a number of personalities such as the poet/cultural critic Abdelwahab Meddeb, whom he met in Dhaka on the occasion of the Arab Spring event the Alliance Française organized last November, and Mr. Bernard Henri-Lévy, who published the French translation of his poem “How Many Bouddhas can they destroy ?” in his famous journal La Règle du jeu (http://laregledujeu.org/2013/01/11/11764/combien-de-bouddhas-peuvent-ils-detruire/).
The French Embassy in Bangladesh is also a partner to the residency.