JAAG Collective is an offshoot of Literature Must Fall specifically dedicated to sustaining intergenerational and intercultural dialogue with regards to Panjabi and Pothwari-Pahari language and literature.
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Meet the Collective
Dr. Kavita Bhanot
Kavita’s fiction, non-fiction and academic writing has been published and broadcast widely, including the 2015 landmark essay 'Decolonise not Diversify'. She has edited three short-story collections, including Too Asian, not Asian Enough (Tindal Street Press) and is co-editor of Violent Phenomena: 21 Essays on Translation (Tilted Axis). Her translation of Anjali Kajal’s Hindi stories Ma is Scared (Comma Press) won a Pen Translates Award in 2021. For the last ten years she has been a reader and mentor with The Literary Consultancy. Kavita co-founded the Literature Must Fall collective and festival and is currently writing a book titled Literature Must Fall: Resisting Literary Supremacy.
Dr. Farah Nazir
Farah is an academic linguist and community-engaged researcher interested in Pahari-Pothwari. Farah’s research interests are in South Asian languages, language description, language attitudes, codeswitching, and language creativity. She is always looking for new ways to engage her work with the community in a meaningful way, so we can better understand ourselves, both individually and collectively.
Aaisha is a Birmingham-based writer, researcher, curator, and event producer. She is currently the Artistic Lead at Ort Gallery. She also organises Hayati, a Muslim-centred open mic event based in Balsall Heath, Birmingham showcasing local poets and performers. She was one of the co-organisers of the Literature Must Fall festival and at present is the co-lead of Literary No F*cks, a reading group which seeks to demystify and desacralize literature. Her interests include anti-colonial / alternative and care-centred approaches to making, producing, and engaging with art and literature; as well as pop culture, the gaze, disability, language, love, and emotion.
Charan Kaur is an events coordinator based in the West Midlands. She has experience of working in various corporate industries as well as being an educator. She has previously conducted a historical research project in India called "Women, Violence, and Memory", which focused on oral histories related to violence experienced by women during the Partition of India. She has also collaborated with the Asian Rationalist Society where she researched and developed the ‘Hindustan Ghadar Party’ exhibition and compèred the proceedings of three public events held in various venues across Birmingham. She has a BA in History and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.