Our Plans for 2019

Facts, Fiction and Photographs

Salt of the Sarkar Plans 

Introducing A New Image of the First World War
through facts, fiction, photography, poetry, folk songs, performances and commemorative events 

  • 4-18 November 2018 Pop up exhibition at Insole Court, Cardiff and events
  • Submit grant applications for possible funding
  • Spring 2019 the publication of the first Illustrated Centenary edition of the novel Across the Black Waters by Mulk Raj Anand (1905-2004) using the text of the 1940 first edition originally published in London by Jonathan Cape.
  • A touring Exhibition of Photographs by pioneer press photographer Horace Grant of the Daily Mirror taken in 1914. The images document the arrival of the Undivided Indian Army in Marseilles for service on the Western Front as told in chapter one the novel. Watch our video below with Dominic Rai and John Mead, Head of Trinity Mirror Archives Watford.
  • A programme of events and opportunities accompanying the Exhibition to engage with the fiction and the historical facts behind the novel in creative ways.
  • Opportunities to consider the themes raised by Mulk Raj Anand and the WW1 history of the Undivided Indian Army, when Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and others fought side by side. There is much to be found that is relevant to encouraging respect, reconciliation and peace in our communities through the experiences of Empire soldiers one hundred years ago.

Working Together Today and in the Future

Now we are fundraising to produce other aspects of the project.  Here is a short film with John Mead and Dominic Rai about the Mirrorpix photography archive which will play an important role in illustrating Across the Black Waters.

The Beginning

The Salt of the Sarkar project launched at the House of Commons in October 2014 with the publication of the World War One Centenary edition of the novel Across the Black Waters by Mulk Raj Anand,  now almost sold out of the initial printing available from Shalimar Books

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Find out more about the work of Salt of the Sarkar and the first Illustrated Edition of
Mulk Raj Anand's renowned novel Across the Black Waters