India@75, climate change, translation in focus at Jaipur Literature Festival in London

India@75, climate change, translation in focus at Jaipur Literature Festival in London

The ninth edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) London is back at the British Library in London this week. The much-loved travelling festival that originated in Jaipur, produced by Teamwork Arts, will run from June 10 to 12 as a celebration of books, creativity, dialogue, diversity and varied intellectual discourse.

Namita Gokhale, Sahitya Akademy recipient author and Festival Co-Director, said: “JLF returns to the British Library this June to present live encounters with a range of diverse voices and perspectives that examine the changing axis of the world. Life and literature, poetry and music, history and geopolitics, ideas and debate, in a not-to-be-missed summer weekend.”

The ninth edition of the JLF London will bring together some of the world's most renowned writers, thinkers, artists, and entertainers to engage in some of the most pressing issues of today that include – India@75; the Urgency of Borrowed Time (Climate Change); the 50th Anniversary of the 1971 War; Translation; Poetry; Art and Music; Business; History and many more.

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Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts, said: “JLF London returns in person to the British Library, bringing together an amazing array of writers and speakers including this year’s International Booker Prize winner Geetanjali Shree, Ramachandra Guha and a special stand-up segment by Dr Shashi Tharoor.”

JLF London will encapsulate the spirit of the iconic festival, with its pervasive sense of inclusiveness and community, and come again to the heart of London with a caravan of writers and thinkers, poets, balladeers and raconteurs, bringing alive South Asia’s unique multilingual literary heritage at the British Library.

The festival features a stellar line-up, including English radio and television presenter Anita Rani; British journalist and broadcaster and the author of several highly acclaimed books Anthony Sattin; award-winning travel writer and novelist Colin Thubron; Indian-born British writer, playwright, screenwriter Farrukh Dhondy; 2022 International Booker Prize winning author of ‘Ret Samadhi’/ ‘Tomb of Sand’, Geetanjali Shree; 2010 Booker Prize winning British novelist and journalist Howard Jacobson; member of the House of Lords Justice and Home Affairs Committee and Director of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC; author of the novel ‘Butterfly Fish’ Irenosen Okojie; one of India’s most experienced and acclaimed television professionals and journalists Karan Thapar.

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The list continues with Caribbean born author of mixed African and Indian parentage Kris Manjapra; Indian politician and a Member of Parliament Mahua Moitra; award-winning, bestselling writer whose work has been translated into 26 languages Monica Ali; author, screenwriter and one of the most prominent UK voices on diversity and inclusion in the arts Nikesh Shukla; renowned historian and biographer Ramachandra Guha; celebrated Indian singer and musician Remo Fernandes; third-term Member of Parliament, bestselling author of twenty-three books, and former Under Secretary- General of the United Nations Shashi Tharoor; Indian journalist, historian, and the author of the bestselling ‘Victoria & Abdul’ Shrabani Basu; British historian, television presenter and author of ‘Stalin: The Court of the Red TsarSimon Sebag Montefiore; historian of South Asia and author of acclaimed books like ‘Sixteen Stormy Days’ Tripurdaman Singh.

The Jaipur Literature Festival in India is a global literary phenomenon, having hosted more than 5,000 speakers and artists, and welcomed over a million book lovers from across the globe over the past decade. JLF London at the British Library brings the universal, democratic, and inclusive core values of the festival to the UK.

*Info: JLF London

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