The Delhi Literature Festival, commencing on January 8th at Delhi Haat, is all set to raise discussions on ‘how to get published’, ‘populism of poetry’ and ‘the age of intolerance.’ This will be the fourth consecutive edition.
The 3-day long prestigious literary event, will host more than 50 authors, journalists, publishers, diplomats and political leaders from all across the country who will engage in meaningful and engaging discussions. The festival is scheduled to be inaugurated by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and later followed by a felicitation of eminent Urdu poet Munawwar Rana for his contribution to Urdu poetry. Unlike previous editions, thye festival will not witness participation by international writers and it will mostly be dominated by city- based authors like Kumar Vishwas, Madhulika Liddle, Om Thanvi, etc. Supriya Suri, Director of Delhi Literature Festival said, “With an increase in the number of participation of authors, the entire program me content is new this time.” A session on growing “intolerance” that took the country by storm will set the debate rolling at the festival. For the discussion, author and senior journalist Saba Naqvi is slated be in conversation with social activist and thinker Seshadri Chari, former Bharatiya Janata Party ideologue Sudheendra Kulkarni, and diplomat Mani Shankar Aiyar.
Apart from this, William Dalrymple’s latest “Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan” and “Bihari” are among most awaited book releases at the event. Hosted by eminent journalist Shishir Gupta, the session is set to bring contemporary social issues and issues of identity to the table. Keeping in mind, the roaring success of mythological fiction, the festival is set to host a special session with bestselling authors like Suhail Mathur, Vikas Singh and Christopher Doyle.
With an aim of providing useful insights to authors on how to get their writings published, leading publishing houses like Penguin India, Harper Collins, Penguin India, Red Ink will share the tricks of the trade with them. The concluding session of the festival, “Rediscovery of India,” which will be an offering tribute to the country’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, will see his great grandson Rahul Gandhi engaging in a discussion with eminent television journalist Barkha Dutt.
The literary event which will conclude on January 10, will witness around 2000 people who have already confirmed their presence.