A relatively new country with ancient cultural traditions, Pakistan is often described as being on the crossroads of significant socio-political changes. The Karachi Literature Festival is a reflection of Pakistan’s historical roots as expressed in a multiplicity of languages and in various forms of writing.
The Karachi Literature Festival was conceived jointly by the British Council and the Oxford University Press as an opportunity to revive the literary and intellectual spirit of Pakistan. The festival has been held four times since its debut in 2010. A first ever event of its kind in Pakistan, it has not only brought together some of the country’s finest literary talents but also writers, poets and cultural figures from the world over.
Previously the event has featured prominent Pakistani and International writers, thought provoking panel discussions, conversations, a variety of workshops, performances, activities for children and much more.
British Council has brought some renowned British authors to the KLF since its 1st year, including Hanif Kureishi, Anatol Lieven, William Dalrymple, Joe Dunthorne, Nadeem Aslam and Lemn Sissay.