Jaipur Lit Fest will encourage reading habits

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Jan 16, 2015 13:52 IST

The annual Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), India's largest such gathering, will encourage the next generation of young readers in the city through their outreach and engagement activities, said event organisers.

The eight edition of the JLF to be held between January 21 and 25 will have a number of themes running through the various sessions and panel discussions on all the five days and will include special story-telling sessions, graphic workshops and nature studies for participating school students.

Pulitzer-Prize winners, international illustrators, world-renowned poets, novelists and journalists who will attend the world's largest free literary festival will also interact
with students.

The festival will once again champion Indian language literature with the great Hindi writer Vinod Kumar Shukla, Bangla writer Sangeeta Bandopadhyay, Marathi Dalit woman writer Urmila Pawar and dramatist Girish Karnad are scheduled to attend.

The 2015 edition will continue to nurture books, ideas and dialogue, and showcase the range and diversity of South Asian literature as well as the best in international writing, said Sanjoy K Roy, producer of the literature festival.

"The Jaipur Literature Festival plays host to some of the world's most eminent authors, supporting,
encouraging and promoting new talent is key to our mission as the world's largest free literary festival."

There will be a strong emphasis on poetry, as well as celebrating South Asia through all genres of writing and a particular strand of sessions which will showcase and celebrate the rich literature of the Seven Sister States of North-East India.

Prof. Peter Stanley of the University of New South Wales who participated in the Outreach last year says, "I greatly enjoyed the visits I made to the two schools at which I spoke. It was inspiring and humbling to meet students who exhibited such curiosity, generosity and hospitality."

"The students' questions challenged me to explain what I did as a writer and as a person from a very different society, though one that also values reading and thinking... My only regret was that I did not able to spend as much time talking with them informally."

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