LITERARY COMMONS! comes to Monash

LITERARY COMMONS! at the Jaipur Literature Festival
LITERARY COMMONS! at the Jaipur Literature Festival

LITERARY COMMONS! is a long-term and deep-impact project that brings together writers and fosters writing that is of especial relevance to Australia and India: First Nations/Indigenous and bhasha/Dalit literatures.

The project plays on the old idea of the ‘commons’ where communities and cultures share in a co-operative space of creativity, as well as building upon much that is common between Dalit/tribal and Indigenous worldviews.

The project is convened by Mridula Nath Chakraborty, Deputy Director of the Monash Asia Institute, and involves a host of writers from India and Australia. 

During the Australian summer 2014-2015, the LITERARY COMMONS! program sent 10 Indigenous writers to 4 literary festivals and 4 specially convened intensive university engagements in India.

Plans are in the works to have bhasha/Dalit Indian artists visit Australia early next year, to continue the exchange of ideas and work.

To read the stories from this project, learn more about the participants, or find out more about LITERARY COMMONS! events, visit the