Acclaimed translator Lakshmi Holmström introduces some of the most powerful Tamil poetry to emerge from the 26 year long conflict in Sri Lanka in which an estimated 70,000 people were killed as the militant Tamil Tigers tried to establish a separate Tamil state in the north of the island. (1 x 28′)
First broadcast April 2013 BBC Radio 4
Poets featured include Cheran, M.A.Nuhman, Sivaramani, Shanmugam Sivalingam and Kutti Revathi.
Poem readings by Hiran Abeysekara, Vayu Naidu and Vignarajah
Producer Mukti Jain Campion
In a Time of Burning (Arc Publications 2013) is a collection of Cheran poems translated by Lakshmi Holmström