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Karachi Literature Festival travels to London

Pakistan’s biggest literary event, the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) organized by Oxford University Press (OUP), will be launched in London on May 20, 2017 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, as part of their Alchemy festival.

Ameena Saiyid, Managing Director, Oxford University Press,  Nadir Cheema, Tariq Suleman, and Nigham Shahid of Bloomsbury Pakistan (a research collective based in London), and Rukhsana Ahmed, members of the KLF London executive committee.

KLF London will present sessions on Pakistan’s rich history, literature, and culture, and promises to be a vibrant affair. The event, which replaces the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) at Southbank, will be a great opportunity for London’s significant population of South Asian origin to gain an insight into the region’s complex history and culture as expressed through its literature and arts. Read more

Kumaon Literary Festival 2016 reveals a strong line-up of writers

KLF LogoThe second edition of the YES BANK Kumaon Literary Festival (KLF), that will be held from 11th to 15th October 2016, will feature an interesting mix of voices from all kinds of backgrounds and spectrums.

According to media statement by KLF, the festival shall play host to many famous names from the worlds of literature, publishing, cinema and politics. Authors like Amish Tripathi, Ravi Subrimanian, Preeti Shenoy, Jerry Pinto, Tuhin Sinha, Shinie Anotny, Hindol Sengupta, Dr. Rakhshanda Jalil, Nirupama Dutt, and many others have confirmed their presence for the festival. Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Justice A K Sikri, Justice S K Kaul, Shahid Siddiqui, Swapandas Gupta, Priyanka Chaturvedi, Nupur Sharma and other names from the world of politics and law have agreed kindly to be a part of the festival. Biographers like Sathya Saran, Aseem Chabra, Jai Arjun Singh, Akshay Manwani, Yasser Usman, Gautam Chintamani have all consented to be present at the Festival. Many speakers like Afia Aslam, Ali Akbar Natiq, Ameena Saiyid, Asif Farrukhi, Asif Noorani, Dr. Sabyn Javeri, Mohsin Sayeed shall all come from Pakistan to attend the festival. Speakers like Ajay Rawat, Anup Sah, Dr. Shekhar Pathak, Deepak Rawat, Mona Verma, C S Tiwari, Hridayesh Joshi, Sanjay Panday and others from the Uttarakhand heartland are going to be present at different sessions of the festival.

The first three days shall be held at Jim’s Jungle Retreat in Jim Corbett National Park, while the last two days shall be a closed door event at Te Aroha in Dhanachuli.

Thought-provoking panel discussions

The second edition of the Festival shall have sessions on a wide range of subjects.

Following are some of the highlight sessions of this edition of the festival: Read more

Pakistan: Literature Festival 2015 concludes today

The three-day third Islamabad Literature Festival, arranged by Oxford University Press (OUP), is going to conclude today (Sunday).

OUP Managing Director Ameena Saiyid said the OUP is gathering avid readers, writers, academics, and literary figures from across Pakistan and the world for the second day of the 3rd Islamabad Literature Festival, which began on Friday at a hotel. Read more

Children Literature Festival ends on a promising note

Children’s Literature Festival (CLF)- a fun-filled event designed to cater children and to promote the culture of book reading among youngsters and help them develop critical thinking and creative writing, concluded on Saturday.

The two-day Children’s Literature Festival organised by the Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi and Oxford University Press in collaboration with Open Society Foundations, CLC and the Punjab School Education Department. Read more

Pakistan: Literature festival opens in Islamabad

It was with fanfare and a crowded hall that the second Islamabad Literature Festival opened at Margalla Hotel on Friday afternoon under the auspices of Oxford University Press.

Last year, was the festival’s maiden voyage in Islamabad, following the successes of similar events in Karachi since 2010, and in Lahore, where several publishing houses have joined hands in organising such annual events. Read more

Pakistan: For the love of books: Children’s Literature Festival grows up with own identity

The Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) that used to be a part of the Karachi Literature Festival has now grown up into a separate entity: The Tribune

This year’s 11th CLF will be held on February 21 and February 22 at the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi, announced Oxford University Press (OUP) director Ameena Saiyid at a press conference on Saturday.

“We are a bit scared about the number of students attending the festival as a school contacted me and told they will be bringing around 1,000 students to the festival,” admitted CLF director Rumania Hussain. “I hope the turn out will help the children’s festival establish itself on the same pattern as KLF.” Read more

Pakistan: Literature lights up the city of lights

“We hope that an event like the Karachi Literature Festival that we are inaugurating today, the fifth in the city, will be like a beacon the light of which spreads out far and beyond the Beach Luxury Hotel – indeed far beyond the city itself.”

With these words, Ameena Saiyid, the managing director of the Oxford University Press, Pakistan, welcomed over 3,000 guests to the 5th Karachi Literature Festival on the meticulously manicured lawns of the hotel on a balmy sunny morning, enveloped in that refreshing Arabian Sea breeze coming in from the beach.

“The annual festival, instituted in 2010, is all about the promotion of reading, writing, and authors, and of bringing enrichment to people’s minds. It brings together and celebrates Pakistani and international authors writing in diverse languages,” said Saiyid.

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Pakistan: All booked out: And then KLF said, ‘let there be literature’

February has started and the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) is upon us and promises to be bigger and better than ever before: The Tribune

As co-founders Ameena Saiyid and Asif Farrukhi glided into the room along with the chief sponsors, a hushed silence fell. Saiyid started the press conference by listing what to expect from the festival this year – more than 100 sessions, 182 national and 34 international authors from 11 different countries, 28 new books and a marked increase on last year’s attendance of 50,000.

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The case of exploding Pakistani literature

Mohsin hamidWriters in the country are preferring prose over poetry and a predominance of political themes in Pakistan’s English language fiction, finds Ameena Saiyid: dna

As elsewhere in South Asia, creative writing in the English language is not a new development in Pakistan. However, it has been largely over the last two decades that Pakistani literature in English has achieved prominence and has come firmly into the focus of world literary consciousness.

As a country, Pakistan has undergone a series of seismic changes through its history. Its literature has also seen many changes. I would like to focus here on the two main sets of changes. The first is the changing trend in choice of literary form, i.e. the rising preference for prose over poetry; the second relates to changes in literary content, as reflected in the growing predominance of political themes in Pakistan’s English language fiction.

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