Nepal hosts first International Literary Festival - Lalitpur
The Kathmandu Literary festival began at different venues in Patan Durbar Square. The three-day long literature festival has 30 national and 10 international writers and poets participating with 10,000 visitors expected. Nepal. 17th September 2011
The Kathmandu Literary Jatra, kicked off at different venues within Patan Durbar Square in the capital from Friday,16th september 2011.The literature festival started with the motive to provide a platform for literature from Nepal to engage with its international counterpart and also seeks to take Nepali literature on to the global stage. It will be staged in historic Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near the capital Kathmandu, from September 16-18.
The three-day long literature festival is set to be participated by some 30 national and 10 international writers and poets, according its official website.The participating writers will take part in readings, workshops and hold thematic discussions on various topics pertaining to Nepal and South Asia in both a socio-political and literary context.
The festival, expected to be attended by up to 10,000 people, will feature interactive sessions on such topics as "South Asia's identity portrayed in literature", "language divide" and conversations with authors.
Among those on the guest list are British writer Patrick French, who wrote "India: A Portrait", Mohammed Hanif, Pakistani author of "A Case of Exploding Mangoes" and Tarun J. Tejpal,