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Jayanti Naju Seth

Jayanti Naju Seth

Jayanti Naju Seth recently retired as Head of the Department of English, Jesus & Mary College after a career spanning 40 years. Her areas of interest are the modern novel as well as autobiographical writing. Her reading of Irish literature began while studying at Trinity College, Dublin and has continued up to the present. Her Masters at the University of Kent at Canterbury was specifically in 20th century American and British Literature. She has edited and published two collections of essays on Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and on Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold respectively.


Getting There - Manjula Padmanabhan

Manjula Padmanabhan in conversation with Jayanti Naju Seth

Over her remarkably successful career, Manjula Padmanabhan has worn three distinct hats; primarily that of a playwright, then of a highly regarded cartoonist and also as a writer of fiction. For all of these, Padmanabhan has mined her own life and society around her for material that is insightful, often acerbic, and always compelling. In conversation with academic Jayanti Naju Seth, she will discuss the creative process behind her latest collections of dramatic pieces, Blood and Laughter, Laughter and Blood, and her autobiographical venture Getting There.

The Fire Starters:

Jan Carson in conversation with Jayanti Naju Seth

"Belfast-based writer Jan Carson won accolades, including The European Union Prize for Literature, Ireland, for her novel The Fire Starters. Her work is marked by caustic wit and lyrical style. The Fire Starters is a mediation on identity, culture and fatherhood, which weaves through the fluid lines between fantasy and truth and ideas of right and wrong. Carson's other work includes books such as Postcard Stories, Children's Children and Malcolm Orange Disappears. In a conversation with academic Jayanti Seth, Carson explores her writing practise, Irish literature and her deep interest in Agatha Christie. "