Noted authors among speakers at Jaipur Literature Festival

The literature festival, to be held from January 19 to 23 next year, will have Indian lyricist Swanand Kirkire, British Bangladeshi writer Tahmima Anam
Noted authors among speakers at Jaipur Literature Festival

The organisers of Jaipur Literature Festival has announced 10 prominent speakers on Tuesday and said to celebrate its 10th anniversary, they will announce 10 speakers every week for 10 weeks every Tuesday.

These announcements will reveal the names of some of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers set to appear at the Festival in January. 2017 marks ten years of the Jaipur Literature Festival and its meteoric rise from a small gem of an idea to the world’s largest free literary festival, having hosted more than 1300 speakers over the past decade.

Frequently described as ‘the greatest literary show on Earth’, the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 will take place between 19 and 23 January 2017 at the historic Diggi Palace Hotel in Jaipur.

The Festival expects to welcome over 250 authors, thinkers, politicians, journalists, and popular culture icons to Jaipur this coming January. Equity and democracy run through the Festival’s veins, placing some of the world’s greatest wordsmiths and intellects from all walks of life together on stage.

On Tuesday, the second 10 speakers appearing at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 were announced as: Internationally acclaimed poet Anne Waldman, Narendra Kohli, Swanand Kirkire, Ruth Padel, Vikram Chandra, Simon Winchester, Roberto Calasso, Neil MacGregor, American Journalist Dexter Filkins and Tahmima Anam.

Celebrating writers from across the globe, the Festival has hosted some of the best regarded and loved names, ranging from Nobel Laureates and Man Booker Prize winners to debut writers such as Amish Tripathi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Eleanor Catton, Hanif Kureishi, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Ian McEwan, JM Coetzee, Margaret Atwood, Mohammed Hanif, Oprah Winfrey, Orhan Pamuk, Pico Iyer, Salman Rushdie, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty, Vikram Seth and Wole Soyinka, as well as renowned Indian language writers such as Girish Karnad, Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, MT Vasudevan Nair, Uday Prakash as well as the late Mahasweta Devi and UR Ananthamurthy.

Writers and Festival Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple invite authors from across the globe to take part in the five-day programme set against the backdrop of Rajasthan’s stunning cultural heritage and the Diggi Palace in the state capital Jaipur.

The Festival is a flagship event of Teamwork Arts, which produces over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across more than 40 cities globally, and is produced by Sanjoy K Roy.

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BK Jha is the Special Correspondent of Rural & Marketing. Prior to this he has been associated with The Hindustan Times, Political and Business Daily along with many other media organisations.
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