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Nobel laureate in literature Kenzaburo Oe speaks at nuclear power plant protest

The 1994 Nobel laureate in literature Kenzaburo Oe attends an anti-nuclear power plant rally of ‘the 100 thousands people’s rally to say goodbye to nuclear power plants’ in Tokyo, Japan, 16 July 2012. More than 170,000 people rallied and demonstrated to protest against nuclear power plant, an organizer spokesman said.

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Man Booker finalists to be announced at Jaipur Literature Festival

There would be more for literature lovers at the next Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) to be held from January 24 to 28, 2013. The annual literature festival that has been growing in reputation since it was first-held in 2008 would add another exquisite feather to its cap in its sixth editionby establishing a connection with The Man Booker International Prize.

“We will be announcing the ‘List of Finalists’ for the Man Booker International Prize at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Thursday, 24 January 2013. This will include an event as part of the festival at the Diggi Palace Hotel followed by an invitational dinner celebration at the City Palace,” said Truda Spruyt, associate director (culture), Colman Getty Consultants, the UK’s iconic culture and campaigning consultancy, which handles the prize.

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John Pilger to headline at UWRF 2012

John Pilger

According to a statement by the organisers of Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, John Pilger, Australian journalist and documentary maker based in London, has confirmed his participation as featured guest in the main Festival program.

Pilger has twice won Britain’s Journalist of the Year Award and his devastating and internationally renowned documentaries have polarised media and public opinion for decades. In 2009, he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in recognition of his courage as a foreign and war correspondent in enabling the voices of the powerless to be heard.

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