Prose & Poetry Anthologies
A WORD ABOUT SAHITYA PRESS - The bilingual anthologies on this page were published by Sahitya Press, which began life in 1989 as the brainchild of Debjani Chatterjee
& Safuran Ara. In the early years the press was called Bi-lingual Book Project. The name Sahitya Press was adopted in 2004. Sahitya is a Sanskrit word meaning 'Literature'. In creating & publishing its anthologies, Sahitya Press has so far co-operated
with a range of community groups & organisations, e.g. Bengali Women's Support Group, Roshni Asian Women's Resource Centre, Pakistani Muslim Centre Women's Group, Burngreave Community Learning Campaign, Sheffield Industrial Museums & Sheffield
Galleries & Museums.
Sahitya Press is an independent press and is so far unfunded. It looks to partners to find funding for each book. The press prioritises the work of South Asian women in Britain. Its latest anthology is by Sheffield children, Raising their Voices.
BARBED LINES / KATAR REKHA - bilingual English-Bengali book ed. by Debjani Chatterjee
& Rashida Islam, published by Sahitya Press & Yorkshire Art Circus, ISBN 0 947780 46 7. £6.50.
134 pp, 9 b&w photos & artwork. Cover design by Karabi Ghosh & Debjani Chatterjee. Barbed Lines reveals the bitter-sweet experience of Bengali women in Britain. 32 women write about their sense of home & identity, friendships, family, work & education. In stories, poems, letters & dialogue, they tell of their experiences of racism & sexism, and of their joys & aspirations for the future.
This ground-breaking book won the Raymond Williams Community Publishing Prize in 1990.
SWEET & SOUR / OMLO MODHUR - bilingual English-Bengali book ed. by Debjani Chatterjee, Rehana Chaudhury, Karabi Ghose & Rashida Islam, published by Sahitya Press, ISBN 0 951 9821 0 9. £6.50.
144 pp, 11 b&w photos & artwork.
Sweet & Sour explores the subject of food: cooking it, shopping for it, fasting and feasting, etc. 30 women write about the 'sweet & sour', and always important, part that food plays in their lives. There are healthy & mouth-watering recipes here, but this is much more than a cookery book.
This book contributed to Bengali Women's Support Group's winning a National Adult Learners' Group Award.
DAUGHTERS OF A RIVERINE LAND / NODIR DESHER MEYE - bilingual book ed.
by Debjani Chatterjee & Ashoka Sen, published by Sahitya Press, ISBN 0 951 9821 6 8, £7.50.
112 pp, b&w photos & artwork.
This book celebrates an age-old bond with rivers. Bengalis hail from a riverine land. 33 women & girls write with passion about rivers such as the Padma, the Ganga, the Brahmaputra, the Don & the Nile.
A SLICE OF SHEFFIELD / SHEFFIELDER EK PHALI - bilingual book ed. by Debjani Chatterjee & Rashida Islam, published by Sahitya Press & Sheffield Galleries & Museums, 124 pp, ISBN 09546013 3 4, £7.50.
A Slice of Sheffield brings together the voices of over 50 South Asian women & girls from in & around the 'steel city' in a wonderful anthology of stories, memories, poetry & artwork inspired by cutlery. Commissioned to coincide with the purchase of the internationally renowned Bill Brown Collection, it celebrates Sheffield's famous cutlery heritage with its 'Made in Sheffield' stamp, & also the fascinating cutlery items from Indian, Pakistani & Bangladeshi cultural traditions that continue to enrich the city.
MANGO SHAKE - edited & with an introduction by Debjani Chatterjee, published by Tindal Street Press,
Birmingham, 110 pp, ISBN 0 9547913 6 3, £6.99.
This collection of 8 stories introduces the work of 4 British Asian writers: Zorina Ishmail-Bibby, Anish Desai, Bobby Nayyar & Harpreet Singh.
Mango Shake was selected as the Birmingham Literature Festival's best book of the year.
JOURNEYS AND PLACES - edited by Debjani
Chatterjee, John Noble & Catherine Samiei, published by York St John University, York, 63 pp, ISBN 978 1 906604 20 2, £5.
This anthology of 22 travel stories is collected from entries to a competition at York St John University in 2009. The writing relates to particular places, journeys travelled and the experience of arriving or departing. Some journeys are spiritual and life-changing. It is mainly new writers' work with contributions from established writers.