Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is the world’s largest free event of its kind. Equity and democracy run through the Festival’s veins, placing some of the world’s greatest minds, humanitarians, historians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers from all walks of life together on stage. This free and egalitarian access to these renowned thinkers and writers is a powerful statement in a country where access to such individuals remains the privilege of a few. The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival provides a potentially life-changing opportunity for audiences from Rajasthan, across India and the world to learn from and exchange ideas with contemporary literary stalwarts.
I'll be presenting at the following sessions throughout the festival:
21st January 2017 - 12:30pm - 13:30pm - Mughal Tent
On Cultural Appropriation: Ajay Navaria, Jim Mallinson, Mark Singleton, Mrinal Pande and Yassmin Abdel-Magied in conversation with Pavan K. Varma
Can a writer become whosoever he or she wants to be or are they morally bound to write about what they know, understand and can substantiate. Is the rooted imagination truer than the borrowed one? Debates from across cultures and perspectives on who holds the copyright on authenticity?
From Lionel Shriver speech: As for the culture police’s obsession with “authenticity,” fiction is inherently inauthentic. It’s fake. It’s self-confessedly fake; that is the nature of the form, which is about people who don’t exist and events that didn’t happen. The name of the game is not whether your novel honours reality; it’s all about what you can get away with.
21st January 2017 - 17:15pm - 18:15pm - Front Lawn
At Home in the World:Angelica Freitas, Eka Kurniawan, Kyoko Yoshida, NoViolet Bulawayo, Vivek Shanbhag and Yassmin Abdel-Magied in conversation with Helena Kennedy
Poets and writers around the world speak of the resonance of poetry and shared stories across the borders of languages and culture.