.. this man comes alone with a tape recorder. He swears mushrooms sing as they sprout. Technology will bear him out in this. Place your machine next to them, and put your ear to the ground, you'll hear the divinest of all sound. Music is born of earth; a phenomenon that's never silent.
'The song of the mushrooms is the song of mortality; a pure material joy of appearing and disappearing, springing up and dying away. No third eye need dwell on its short mortal life. Look for mushrooms to eat, and while searching listen to the music of the Earth.'
Rani Drew is a writer of short fiction and poetry. She has been published in poetry and fiction magazines in Canada, US, UK and India, and in translation in Romanian and Hungarian journals. She is also a playwright and has written thirty stage and radio plays, and produced seventeen of them in the U.K, China and Hungary. Her play Cleopatra was staged in Hungary, Romania, Macedonia, Spain, & the U.K.
‘Bus Ride on Home on June the 4th’, Descant, Canada, Fall, 1990 ‘The Funeral Anniversary’ Green Mountains Review, U.S.A., Winter/Spring, 1991. ‘“Arabian Nights” in the People’s Republic of China’, translation, Convorbiri Literare, Romania, December, 1996, Nr.12. ‘Pascale in the Garden’, translation, Revista de cultura, Care apare la Oradea, March 1998, 1-2-3. ‘Dhenoo’ & ‘The Chimney Sweep’ in Fan the Flames & Buzzwords, UK. ‘The Boy at the Gate’, ‘What the Doll Said’, ‘Traffic Lights’, ‘Sati on Another Continent’, The Birthday Card’, ‘A Drink of Water’ & ‘Letters from China’ Text’ Bones, UK, 2002-20006 ‘The Princess and the Pea’ Splizz (UK) & Taj Mahal Review (India) ‘Moonstruck’ Taj Mahal Review (India)
She has published poetry in UK, Canadian and Indian poetry magazines. Her first collection of poems Celestial Seductions came out in 2001, followed by two collections of stories, Around the World in Twelve Stories (2002) & Stories of All Ages.(2005). Asian Galaxy (Drama, 2005) was published in a bilingual (Chinese & English) edition. Medea & Other Poems (2006) is her second collection of poetry.
RANI DREW has taught in universities in Singapore, China and Hungary. During 1999-2000 she was a lecturer at the University of Pécs in Hungary, where she taught theatre workshops, English literature, psychoanalysis and gender studies. Her plays Shakespeare & Me and the The III-Act Hamlet were performed for Shakespeare Festivals in Romania, and won prizes. The Hungarian translation of the former also won a prize. Her play Caliban, a sequel to Shakespeare’s The Tempest was given a reading-performance by the Blue Elephant Theatre, London and Bradford’s Burning, was rehearsed-read at Attic Theatre, Wimbledon. Eggs for Education, short play about top-up fees, was staged in Cambridge. She has published articles on Freud, women’s writings and post-colonial literature.
Theatre Work: the following plays have been produced:
June, 2005 Asian Galaxy ( about India & China) was staged in China. June 2004 Organ Donors, (a comedy) was staged in China. April 2003 Eggs for Education was staged in Cambridge. Summer, 2002 Bradford’s Burning, (the race riots in North England) was rehearsed read by Attic Theatre, at Wimbledon. June, 2001 Caliban (rehearsal-performance) The Blue Elephant, London May-Oct., 1999 Cleopatra, Budapest (Hungary), Timisoara (Romania), Cambridge (U.K), Skopje (Macedonia), Granada (Spain). May, 1998 Diana & Others, Budapest. Feb., 1998 Asia Calls, Budapest. April, 1997 Aranya Kozmetika, Budapest. Dec., 1996 B for Beef: Buy British, Budapest. Sept., 1996 Funeral Rites, a radio play, Budapest. Dec., 1995 Shakespeare & Me, Budapest, Galati, Debrecen. April, 1995 Sunday Mum’sday, Budapest. April, 1994 The Picture on the Wall, Budapest, Pecs. April, 1993 Totempole Supremo, Budapest. May, 1992 The Three-Act Hamlet, Budapest, Timisoara. May, 1990 Pan Jinlian, (English adaptation of a Chinese Opera), Shanghai. June, 1989 After Nora Left Home, Shanghai. Dec., 1988 Women Are Talking, Shanghai. July, 1988 Sofia Tolstoy, Cambridge. March,1988 The Oedipus Question, Cambridge.
2007 Cinderella on the Underground ( a short radio play) 2007 The Great Wall of Adamiya (women in war-torn Iraq) 2007 Traffic Lights (female trafficking) 2005 Izzat (Honour killings in the UK) 2002 The Cost of a Corpse (Terrorism & Rites of Passage) 1999 Paradise Recovered (environmental abuse of our planet) 1999 The Streets of London (a radio play. Racism) 1993 Women on the Tower, (miners’wives’ against pit closures in 1993) 1990 Sati 1990, (Indian women) 1989 Men’s Decisions: Women’s Choices, (chinese women). The script was not given permission by the university dept.). 1990 The Odyssey of Zhang Hui (radio play, chineses women)) 1990 The Play that Never got Done, a play about Tiananmen that could not be staged in China.
Papers and Publications
2001 Democracy & Dalits, University of Paris XII, Creteil, April 2001 2000 Cleopatra: a female monologue (play) (forthcoming), University of Granada. British Heritage in Indian Writing: Metonymies of Resistance, Displacement and Hybridity, paper, University of Paris XII, Creteil, April, 2000. Text as Dream: Celebration of the Repressed: A Case Study of ‘Kubla Khan’ University of Timisoara, Conference publication, 2000. 1999 Introductory essay, Marlowe’s ‘Hero and Leander’ trans. Florentin Toma, Timisoara. 1998 ‘Freudian Instinctual Life in ‘Wuthering Heights’, paper, HUSSE Conference, ELTE, Budapest, January. 1997 Theatre & Politics: B for Beef: Buy British, paper delivered at University of Timisoara, English Studies Conference, May. 1996 Freud on Femininity & the Nineteenth Century Woman in ‘Jane Eyre’, paper, JPTE for HUSSE 3, January. published, University of Baia Mare, May. ‘Shakespeare, Hungary & Feminist Adaptations’, paper, University of Timisoara, May. Translated publication, Nõszemély, VI, 1996/2 Budapest. 1995 Women at the Crossroads of Europe, paper, University of Timisoara, Conference on English Studies, May. The Three-Act Hamlet - a Feminist Reconstruction of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’: Hamlet Studies (Vol 17), New Delhi, India. ‘HUSSE’ Conference Papers, Debrecen University. University of Oradea Papers, June, republication. A World in an Anthology, Timisoara, republication.