Lastbench


Edinburgh International Book Festival: 13-29 August 2016

August 13, 2016



Details available on : https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/

At the centre of this year’s Book Festival is a major series of events which takes a look at the migrant experience. Antivirus/Lastbench will be leading a panel where participants shares their personal, political and historical perspectives and offer a British/Scottish, European and global narratives. At a time when the displacement of human beings has become an international issue, We will be focusing on stories about individuals and families whose lives have been changed by migration.

Besides our regular books and magazines display throughout the festival, we will also be organising poetry open mic event and conducting a workshop titled 'Creative Writing in the Classroom' revealing novel ways to engage children and teachers in writing activity and offering practical tips and advice.

Also, don't forget to vote for your own Abir Mukherjee, who has been nominated for "FIRST BOOK AWARD" for his "A Rising Man". Unlike other literary prizes, the winner of the First Book Award is selected by the readers who champion new writing and who are responsible for making superstars out of debut novelists. Abir Mukherjee was born in London, but grew up in the west of Scotland. Married, with two small children, he now lives in London and spent the last twenty years working in finance before achieving his literary breakthrough. Mukherjee submitted A Rising Man to the Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition in 2013. The competition, for unpublished would-be crime writers, attracted 427 entries that were whittled down to just 6. A panel of judges then deliberated over these 6 finalists and declared A Rising Man their unanimous winner.

Set in India in 1919, the novel deals with the aftermath of a brutal murder of a British burra sahib in the backstreets of Calcutta. Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to the city but barely has a moment to acclimatise to his new life when he’s caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj. With rising political dissent and the stability of the Raj under threat, Wyndham and his two new colleagues embark on an investigation that will take them from the luxurious parlours of wealthy British traders to the seedy opium dens of the city.

 

*drumrolls*

September 25, 2015

The painting at the cover is by Afrida. She is a child prodigy. She was all of twelve years old when she painted this. I feel teary that it adorns this book. Hope i get to know her someday. This is the sort of work where the translator and the editor becomes like one person, like two people do when they are making love. Poetry is very similar to lovemaking in any case. I know Afrida has done justice to Falguni Ray, hope Ratulda and I did it too. This'll be available in Kolkata shortly, and i ...


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Coming soon: Atindriyo Chakrabarty's 'And Those other Ghosts of Love'

July 14, 2012
Antivirus Production proudly  presents this young, yet talented bilingual poet, Atindriyo Chakrabarty. Publication date: october 2012, will be available in conventional and ebook formats...
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Aaron Murdoch's First Poetry Collection 'Twenty From Ten'

March 24, 2012
Following the book launch @ Dead Good Poets Society, Aaron's book is now available on the web and in major independent bookshops around. 
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International Mother Language Day @ Liverpool

February 20, 2012
On this tuesday 21st February we would like as many of our International Students as possible to come along to the Gateway Building Foyer at Liverpool Hope University to attend Lastbench in conjunction with Hope Worldwide organised 'International Mother Language Day' events including inter media art performance, exhibition and documentary show and  write a message in your own language on our special banner/canvas to celebrate linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism...
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Sunil and his 'Guitar-Veena'

December 5, 2011
Sunil  Anandatheertha was introduced to playing veena by his mother Smt.  Sandhya who is a vainika herself. Saraswati Guitar Beena is the ordinary electric guitar played with the accuracy and effectiveness of a traditional Saraswati Veena. As a consequence, it is no longer just a guitar but the closest younger sister of Saraswati Veena.

He has developed playing methods and techniques for guitar which are more effective when compared to ordinary techniques. By developing these techniques, he ha...

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Publication announcement of 'Matrik' (dimensional)

August 25, 2011
After a long sleep the magazine 'Matrik' (dimensional) is going the the press again...

though we do not intend to make anyone bound, still the felt compelled to mention that the theme is, 'post-metropolitan mind'. 

the word 'post-metropolitan-ism' is an hybrid outcome of our recent approach which we are trying to develop in order to introduce an different contemporary understanding in any genre of human thoughts and actions...

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intentional delay to publish a regular littlemag...

August 24, 2011
The publication of September 2011 issue of Lastbench is being deliberately delayed, besides the fact that its ready to go in production...

The online version will be available in due time, but the printed version will be out during Liverpool Bangla Film Festival October 2011...

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Changes in show dates...

July 20, 2011
Due to the 'commercial commitments' of the venue partners(the universities, the bricks) one or two screening dates for the Bangla film festival Liverpool october 2011 may move to another, which will be notified in due course; however, our extensive events has no moral impact of the fact that, in real world, in the battle of arts and commerce... anyway, all the stories are known...
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Film screening dates for The Capstone Theatre

July 6, 2011
Show Time: 6 PM (free admission)
 
3rd october 2011

Film Name : Pother Panchali (Song of the Little Road) Directed by: Satyajit Ray 

10th october 2011
Film Name : Titash Ekti Nadir Naam (A River Named Titash) Directed by: Ritwik Ghatak

17th october 2011
Film Name : Chaka (The Wheel) Directed by: Morshedul Islam 

24th october 2011
Film Name : Lalsalu (A Tree Without Roots) Directed by: Tanvir Mokammel

31st october 2011
Film Name : Matir Moyna (The Clay Bird) Directed by: Tareque Masud 

Venue details can b...

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