If you're the kind of traveller who's always caught with your head in a book on those long bus journeys then Jaipur Literature Festival may just be for you.
- When? 19th - 23rd January 2018
- Where? Diggi House, Jaipur
- Price: Free
Hailed as 'The Greatest Literary Show on Earth', Jaipur Literature Festival is a must-visit for book-lovers.
Authors from around the world gather in Rajasthan's capital to celebrate the power and magic of the written word with a series of readings, discussions and lectures taking place in the colourful, historic and inspiring Diggi Palace.
In recent years, the festival has explored important personal, social and political issues with author and mental-health campaigner Rachel Kelly explaining how poetry can heal depression and Margaret Attwood comparing the reliability of historical fiction versus the uncertainty of dystopian fiction. There are also lectures on technical styles and author tool-kits such as Jerry Pinto's 'How not to write a poem'.
For writers and publishers it is also a place to network and connect with new faces. The Jaipur Bookmark, an initiative that has developed alongside the festival, connects hopeful authors with well-known publishers. If you're a writer in need of a little more exposure, Jaipur is the place to go.
What's more, the JLF has now arrived in London. For the past three years, the festival has also been celebrated at London's Southbank Centre with writers and poets gathering in the capital to share a similar programme of discussions, lectures and book launches. The event promises to provide the same excitement and atmosphere as the main event in Jaipur, giving visitors a little glimpse into the literature festival that claims to be the 'largest free literature festival in the world'.
Whether you are a budding writer or just enjoy curling up with a good book, Jaipur Literature Festival is guaranteed to leave you feeling inspired to read wider and deeper.
Time to take your head out of that book to hear what your much-loved authors have to say about literature in the twenty-first century.
- Get there: Fly to Jaipur then use taxis or public transport to get around.
- Stay: Book accommodation in Ashok Nagar to be nearby.
Visit the official website for more information.
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