David Parry, Chairman of the Eurasian Creative Guild (London) made his first visit to Kyrgyzstan from the 13th to the 23rd of September, 2016. On September 18th, the famous.
British poet, playwright and member of the Royal Society of Arts presented his book, The Grammar of Witchcraft at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek. Nearly 50 people – writers, artists, translators, members of the Eurasian Creative Guild, professors and students – attended the presentation. They all had a unique chance to listen to the author and ask questions.
As David Parry told those present, from early childhood the East had attracted him for some unknown reasons. “This particular interest,” he recalled, “over the years has grown into love for the traditions, culture, music, and literature of the region. This is why the famous Kyrgyz writer, Chingiz Aitmatov become one of the inspirational figures for writing The Grammar of Witchcraft.
The book – in which poetry and prose alternate – explains to the reader the meaning behind its sources and mythology. Filled with mysticism and inscrutability, the book explores the inner world – invisible to the human eye – which fills every person. In this collection of mini-sagas and poems, the author tells about the final journey taken by his alter- ego, Caliban from Shakespeare’s Tempest, from the surreal delights of a wedding in Liverpool, all the way back to a non-existent City of London. The author explores the lyrical contradictions existing between different levels of consciousness, betwixt reality and the dreaming state.
Members of the Eurasian Creative Guild such as Anatoliy Skargin (director of the international association, Generals of the World for Peace), Zinaida Karayeva (director of the Institute of Foreign Languages at the International University of Kyrgyzstan), Marina Bashmanova (director of Muse creative studio) and Nigara Khidoyatova (a political figure) gave a series of short speeches during the introduction of the presentation.
The event also included a presentation by the Eurasian Creative Guild, where the audience were introduced to the illustrations for David Parry’s book, which were drawn by Kristina Glazunova.
Honourable guests included Bolot Shamshiev (Kyrgyz actor, filmmaker and script writer), Alexander Kacev (a professor at the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University), Kuban Mambetaliyev (ex-ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to the U.K.), Liliya Utyusheva (a faculty member of AUCA) and Bubaysha Arstanbekova (Chair of the public association Akyikat Zholu, poet, and public figure).
During his short visit to Kyrgyzstan, David Parry also participated in the International Forum of Intellectuals: ‘Conversations on the Silk Road: Unity and Creation’, which was held from the 14th-16th of September in Osh.
“This is a uniquely phenomenological study of witchcraft replete with phantasmagorical imagery, transcending ordinary experience in a unique and unforgettable manner. The Grammar of Witchcraft will remain imprinted in your consciousness in words of fire.” — Neil Watson