David Parry, the Chairman of Eurasian Creative Guild (London) made his first visit to Kyrgyzstan from 13th till 23rd of September, 2016. On September 18th, 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, Kyrgyzstan. Nearly 50 people – writers, artists, translators, members of the Eurasian Guild, professors and students – attended the presentation. They all had a unique chance to listen to British author and ask questions. As David Parry told those present, from an 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, Chyngyz Aytmatov become one of the inspirational figures for writing The Grammar of Witchcraft”. In the book, poetry alternates with prose, which aims to explain to reader the main meaning behind its poems. The book is filled with mysticism and inscrutability, which fills the inner world of every person, invisible to human’s eye. In this collection of mini-sagas and poems, the author tells about the final journey taken by his alter-ego, Caliban, from the surreal delights of a wedding in Liverpool, all the way back to a non-existent city of London. In himself, the author aims to resolve lyrical contradictions existing between different levels of consciousness: betwixt reality and the dreaming state. Members of Eurasian Creative Guild such as Anatoliy Skargin (director of an International association “Generals of the World for Peace”), Zinaida Karayeva (director of Institute of Foreign languages in International University of Kyrgyzstan), Marina Bashmanova (director of “Muse” creative studio) and Nigara Khidoyatova (political figure) gave a series of short speeches during the introductory part of the presentation. The event also included the presentation of Eurasian Creative Guild, where the audience were introduced to the illustrations for David Parry’s book, which were drawn by Kristina Glazunova. Honorable guests of the meeting included Bolot Shamshiev (Kyrgyz actor, filmmaker, and script writer), Alexander Kacev (professor of Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University), Kuban Mambetaliyev (ex-ambassador of Kyrgyzstan in the U.K.), Liliya Utyusheva (faculty member of AUCA) and Bubaysha Arstanbekova (the Chairman of public association “Akyikat Zholu”, poet, and public figure). David Parry, during his short visit to Kyrgyzstan, also participated in International Forum of Intellectuals «Conversations on the Silk Road: Unity and Creation», which was held during 14th-16th of September in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. 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.

Text by  Neil Watson