Jaipur Literature Festival today revealed the fifth list of 10 speakers set to appear at the 10th edition of the event next year.
Touted as the world’s largest free literary event, the festival is expected see participation by over 250 authors, thinkers, politicians and popular culture icons, with a special focus on world literatures.
“To celebrate its 10 years, organisers have decided to announce 10 speakers set to appear at the festival every week over the period of 10 weeks every Tuesday at 6 pm starting today,” organisers said.
The latest list is a diverse lineup of speakers from across the globe including translator and author Arshia Sattar, internationally acclaimed economist Sanjeev Sanyal, award winning Jamaican poet Ishion Hutchinson, British novelist Adam Thirlwell and British archaeologist and academic Barry Cunliffe among others.
Emma Sky, a British expert on the Middle East and Guillermo Rodriguez, an active promoter of Indo-Spanish cultural relations will be debuting at the festival. Read more
Thirty decades after her translation of Valmiki’s Ramayan, Arshia Sattar retells this epic for children. The Ramayan obviously never gets old. This past weekend, when I took the sumptuously illustrated book of many rakshasas home, my eight-year-old’s eyes gleamed; it was then beyond argument who would have first dibs on it.
Sattar, according to the publisher’s description, remains true to Valmiki’s version of this variously interpreted text. It’s interesting then that Lakshmana is shown in a much better light in the story than his elder brother. Read more
Noted writer, editor and literary critic Antara Dev Sen is set to chair the jury for the 2014 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
Along with her the panel comprises Arshia Sattar, Indian translator, writer and teacher; Ameena Saiyid, Managing Director of Oxford University Press in Pakistan; Rosie Boycott, acclaimed British journalist and editor; and Paul Yamazaki, a veteran bookseller from the US.
“The panel brings with it varied experience and also represents the interests and creative principles of writing pertaining to the South Asian region — an objective that the DSC Prize is dedicated to,” according to a statement by the organisers.