Literary Festival Fever

Jaipur Literary Festival

Yes Folks, it’s that time of year again. Literary festivals are popping up like wild mushrooms all over India and the next few months offer a cornucopia of events for the literary inclined. The Kovalam Literary Festival (KLF) kicked off the season last week, with an event in Delhi and a weekend litfest in Kovalam, Kerala. Poet, writer and Booker Nominee Jeet Thayil was the star attraction at the Delhi event, in conversation with Aleph Books founder and writer David Davidar. Close on the heels of KLF are Literature Live in Bombay (OCT 31-NOV 4), The Poetry with Prakriti Festival in Chennai (slated to be in early December), The Bangalore Literature Festival (DEC 7-9), The Goa Arts and Literature festival (DEC 13-17), Mumbai Fully Booked, a Times of India initiative (slated for December), The Hyderabad Literary Festival (JAN 18-20, 2013) and the grandest of them all, The Jaipur Literature Festival (JAN 24-28, 2013). Those who can’t make it for any of the above or who haven’t quite got their fill, can get a taste of more literary action at Mumbai’s most popular arts event, The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (FEB 2-10, 2012).

Stay tuned to TGIPP regarding poetry related updates for these festivals.

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About Shikha Malaviya

Shikha Malaviya is a poet & writer, born in the U.K. and raised in Minnesota and India. Her book, Geography of Tongues, was launched in December 2013 and featured in The Times of India Literary Carnival, Lit.mus & other festivals. Shikha is founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Project, an archive of modern Indian poetry and a co-founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a literary press. Shikha's poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and published in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Drunken Boat & the Water~Stone Review. She is deeply involved in the poetry community through events/initiatives such as organizing '100 Thousand Poets for Change—Bangalore’, in 2012 and 2013; co-founding ‘Poetry in Public India,’ a movement to bring powerful verse by Indian women to public places across India; giving a TEDx talk on ‘Poetry in Daily Life’ at TEDx Golf Links Park, Bangalore, 2013. Shikha graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in creative writing and mass communications. She splits her time between San Francisco and Bangalore.

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