Litrerary Festival

Intellectual exchange and collaboration forms the focus of our work in literature. We highlight contemporary trends in British Literature, by working with writers publishers, academics, translators as well as festival programmers. In Pakistan, we have partnered with Karachi Literature Festival, Lahore Literary Festival and Islamabad Literature Festival. 

Earlier this year, we Nikita Lalwani and Nikesh Shukla attended the KLF, as well as academics, Dr Sarah Ansari and Ehsan Masood. In addition, Daniel Hahn and Kate Griffin of the British Translation Centre also participated at the festival. In Lahore, Amit Choudhry and Gavin Francis, spoke at the LLF and Aamer Hussein at the ILF. As an extension of the programme, our writers also conducted sessions for students and faculty at the University of Gujrat, at Aga Khan University’s Sixth Sense Forum and at NED University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi.

Following the success of the previous year, in 2014, in Karachi we were joined by the historian and author of ‘India: A History’, John Keay and the journalist, Alexander Preston. At the LLF, the significant additions were Aminatta Forna along with the writer and journalist, Hari Kunzru. Collectively they participated in various sessions, including one-on-one conversations, panel discussions and book launches across both the festivals. 

Can ‘Creative Pakistan’ undo ‘Unstable Pakistan’?From Left to Right: Peter Upton, Sherry Rehman and Jude Kelly ©

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Uncovering History: In conversation with John Keay ©

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The world as the author sees it - Alex Preston ©

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