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A First For Pakistan – Literary Fest

Literary fests are coming up in new cities every year, in India. But in Pakistan, it was their first. Yeah, the very first Literary Fest in the country. It took place on last Saturday and Sunday. It was jointly organised by the Oxford University Press and the British Council. The idea came to them after attending the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival in 2009.

It was sprinkled by literati from the subcontinent and elsewhere. There were noted poetess and activist, Fehmida Riaz, Intizar Hussain, Adrian Hussain, Mohammed Hanif, debut novelist H M Naqvi, translator M A Farooqi, British biographer Victoria Scofield and Australian travel writer Sara McDonald. Urdu poet Shamsur Rahman Faruqi stole the show with mushaira, or reading poetry. Writing in English was most focused on, with a good smattering of Hindi and Urdu works.

There were workshops, reading sessions, Q and A sessions, book reads and discussions, and a lot of cultural activities at the event. Dancer Sheema Kirmani and her troupe presented the ballet, The song of Moenjodaro, a look into a love story that took place five-thousand years.

This two-day festival ended on a note by the organisers to make it an annual event. Literature can be used in this terror-stricken country to bring peoples, cultures and ideas together.

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Jaipur Lights Up For Literary Fest

Gearing up for its fifth annual edition, the Jaipur Literature Festival will light up the city from January 21-25 . Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka will be a major attraction, with a winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, two Booker winners and five winners of the Pulitzer prize for literature, and other prominent authors and writers gracing the function.

Noted writer William Dalrymple, one of the festival directors, is all excited about the happenings of the fest. There will be readings, seminars, lectures, debates as well as cultural and festive performances.

The Kite Festival in Jaipur and other north Indian cities is coming to a close, but it will be an added attraction for the participants.

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