Why would a budding writer and poet in English become an apprentice to a 12th century Tamil woman, poet, and saint? What’s so compelling about Avvaiyar that Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma spent years learning from her? Tamil literature has given women of wisdom a revered place for more than 2,000 years. In this lecture, Thomas tells the story of his translation of Avvaiyar and explores what she and her tradition can teach us about honouring words, each other, and the earth beneath our feet.
This lecture conducted in English is made possible with the support of the U.S. Embassy Singapore, and co-presented with the Centre for Singapore Tamil Culture and the National Library Board.
Writers / Presenters
Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma is an author, translator, teacher, and performer. His translation of Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural was published in 2022. Other books include “The Safety of Edges,” “Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avvaiyar,” and “Body and Earth” (with C. F. John). He speaks widely and teaches for Cozy Grammar.