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LITERATURE, Major Group

LITERATURE (prose, poetry, story telling) indentifies, documents, promotes Roma writers.

Proposed projects:

a. Collaborates with publishing houses and translators to expand distribution;

b. Creates and maintains daily/weekly/monthly blog, Twitter and Facebook in collaboration with MEDIA and/or SOCIAL MEDIA groups;

c. Collaborates with groups, like PEN International and Indian Writers Conference;

d. Researches the presence of Roma and Romani culture in literature.

COORDINATORS: Elisa Sayeg, Niko Rergo, Félix Monget, Lukás Houdek, Tina Burbank, Janna Eliot, Hans Caldaras

Members: 33
Latest Activity: Apr 18

"...the water does not look behind
It flees, runs farther away
Where eyes will not see her,
the water wanders..."

Bronisława Wajs (Papusza)    

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronis%C5%82awa_Wajs

Some people say Cecilia Meireles was roma, calin 

Some themes are similar 

"And HERE I am singing.

"A poet is always a brother of wind and water:
 leaves their pace wherever they go.

"I come from far away and I go far
but searched the floor for signs of my way 
and saw nothing, because herbs have grown and snakes walked."

Cecília Meireles (Voyage) 

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/373444/Cecilia-Meireles

Discussion Forum

Gabriel García Márquez Gitano (Roma) character Melquiades

Started by Elisa Sayeg. Last reply by Els Apr 18. 1 Reply

In memory of Gabriel García Márquez, for Spanish speakers, Instituto de Cultura Gitana has two texts about Melquíades, a Gitano (Roma) character in One Hundred Years of Solitude. …Continue

Roma Writers Union poetry contest "Literature against racism!" in Hungary

Started by Elisa Sayeg. Last reply by Els Apr 14. 6 Replies

[Hungary] "Welcome to the participants of the Roma poetry contest"Literature against racism!"…Continue

Tags: Hungary, Poetry, Romani, Roma

PRINCES AMONGST MEN KINDLE EDITION

Started by Garth Cartwright. Last reply by Tina B Mar 3. 2 Replies

I know it appears sad that my first post upon joining is to mention that my book PRINCES AMONGST MEN: JOURNEYS WITH GYPSY MUSICIANS is now available on Kindle but it's due to said book that I'm a…Continue

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Comment by Els on August 24, 2012 at 12:10

Dear Elisa,

Unfortunately IRWA is hardly active anymore, though it had a quite good start and several important writers. On this site you will find under Who is Who is a list of writers and poets, most of them being Roma.

It is summer in Europe, which somehow explains the current silence. In September many more people will become active on this site and perhaps it might be a good idea to turn your groupe into an instrument that unites the Roma writers again.

But baxt thaj sastipe!

Els

Comment by Elisa Sayeg on January 2, 2013 at 13:07

"And HERE I am singing.

"A poet is always a brother of wind and water:
leaves his pace wherever he goes.

"I come from far away and I go far
but searched the floor for signs of my way 
and saw nothing, because herbs have grown and snakes walked."

Cecília Meireles (Voyage)

Comment by Elisa Sayeg on January 2, 2013 at 13:18

"...the water does not look behind
It flees, runs farther away
Where eyes will not see her,
the water wanders..."

Bronisława Wajs (Papusza)      

Comment by Rene Daniel/Little Lion of Sindh on October 4, 2013 at 21:28

Thanks to allowing me to be here!

Great Honor for me ! -)

Best wishes

Rene G Daniel/Little Lion of Sindh

Please enjoy my Webside to the audio-radioplay of the year: "DIE SÖHNE DER FÜNF FLÜSSE--Der Feuerbogen"/ "The sons of the five rivers--The arc of fire" The fantasy-adventure of "SINTI and ROMMA"

www.lion-project.de

Comment by Tina B on October 29, 2013 at 7:09

Anyone headed to the 9th International Writers Festival in India this year 9-10 NOV 2013?

Comment by Yvonne Slee on November 19, 2013 at 8:18

Hi thanks for the invite Els

Comment by Yvonne Slee on November 20, 2013 at 0:14
Jews and Gypsies. Myths and Reality by Ruth Barnett
Available at www.amazon.co.uk or email Ruth rutheclb@googlemail.com  6.85 rrp. (Pounds Sterling)
Jews and Gypsies, Myths and Reality, is one book that should be available in every school and council library for people to read and learn about equality and embrace minority groups and cultures. Ruth highlighted in her book that prejudice makes no sense. People should listen more to what the culture or group has to say rather than listening to others who know nothing about them.
She draws comparisons between Jewish and Romani cultures, both of which were without their own countries for many centuries. Now Jews have their own state, but Romanies are still a people without a country. Their ancestors from different castes were forcibly taken out of India 1000 years ago and since entering Europe 600 years ago they have endured persecution and racist attacks against them. The Holocaust, which affected both Romani and Jews alike, is mentioned repeatedly. Ruth wants people to learn from the atrocities of WW2 so that they never allow them to happen again. In this day and age, people's ignorance still allows them to believe in the propaganda and stereotypes written in the media and portrayed on television. It's important to have a book like Ruth Barnett's that shines a true light on Romani and Jewish cultures.
The images in the book are thought provoking and the stories are lively and positive. Romanies stories, such as Sally's was very interesting and warmly written, Also Robin's, a psychologist, reflections on his Romani side and travels to Australia were rather intriguing. Ruth also included my story. I was more than happy to contribute to the book and write about my Romani ancestors and how life is now for my family. The world needs more people like Ruth, who is sympathetic and understanding to the plight of minorities. She holds the view that if the right information about minorities is taught at school, then children won't grow up ignorant of other cultures and the world could change for the better.

Review by
Yvonne Slee  President, Sinti Romani Community, http://www.sintiromanicommunity.org/
Comment by Els on November 20, 2013 at 10:39

Thank you, Yvonne, for this great review. Ruth will be happy with it! She is Khetanes member, but I believe she has difficulties in joining this group (Major Group Literature). That also goes for some others, important writers and translators as well. I hope they will soon manage. Niko Rergo is working on his Romano Bibliography, a huge and important work!

Have a nice day,

Els

Comment by Els on November 20, 2013 at 10:42

P.S.: Maybe we could create extra pages within this group for publishing reviews. What about that? I know that Rabbi Galina Trefil is interested in this.

Comment by Yvonne Slee on November 21, 2013 at 4:46

That sounds like a good idea.

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Gabriel García Márquez Gitano (Roma) character Melquiades

Started by Elisa Sayeg. Last reply by Els Apr 18. 1 Reply

In memory of Gabriel García Márquez, for Spanish speakers, Instituto de Cultura Gitana has two texts about Melquíades, a Gitano (Roma) character in One Hundred Years of Solitude. …Continue

Roma Writers Union poetry contest "Literature against racism!" in Hungary

Started by Elisa Sayeg. Last reply by Els Apr 14. 6 Replies

[Hungary] "Welcome to the participants of the Roma poetry contest"Literature against racism!"…Continue

Tags: Hungary, Poetry, Romani, Roma

Munrre Riparimata, book by Kosovo rom poet Agim Saiti

Started by Elisa Sayeg Apr 9. 0 Replies

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PRINCES AMONGST MEN KINDLE EDITION

Started by Garth Cartwright. Last reply by Tina B Mar 3. 2 Replies

I know it appears sad that my first post upon joining is to mention that my book PRINCES AMONGST MEN: JOURNEYS WITH GYPSY MUSICIANS is now available on Kindle but it's due to said book that I'm a member of Khetanes and the Kindle edition is updated…Continue

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