JLF London at the British Library Curtain Raiser

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Stream ‘the greatest literary show on Earth’.

This weekend sees the virtual return of the ‘greatest literary show on earth’ – which takes place in the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur, India, every January. The London edition of JLF would have come to life at the Library this weekend.

Speakers include the garlanded film director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and upcoming adaptation of A Suitable Boy); The Silk Roads author Peter Frankopan; diplomat and columnist Amish Tripathi, and Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan.   

These conversations will be streamed live. There’s no need to book - just follow the YouTube or Facebook links below for this blockbusting online line-up, as a curtain raiser for a larger digital festival event going live from 11 to 13 September.

All times are BST.

Saturday 6 June

15.0015.45: From Salaam Bombay to A Suitable Boy: Mira Nair in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy

Award-winning film-maker Mira Nair talks about her cinematic language, the vocabulary of the moving image and her special affinity for literary adaptation. In conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy, she discusses her work, world and motivation.

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16.3017.15: Silk Roads: Peter Frankopan in conversation with William Dalrymple

Peter Frankopan’s Silk Roads, a major reassessment of world history, has sold over one million copies worldwide. Here, he talks to William Dalrymple about the notion of the Silk Road and discusses why it’s such an important concept today. 

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Sunday 7 June

15.0015.45: Myth and Memory: Amish Tripathi in conversation with Namita Gokhale

The social and political realities of modern India can be effectively understood through its living epics, which are constantly reinterpreted to reflect the collective imagination of its peoples. Writers Amish and Namita Gokhale discuss the intersections of myth, memory and culture in the context of their writing, where they revisit the ancient texts.

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16.3017.15: Follow the Science: Venki Ramakrishnan in conversation with Roger Highfield

Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan speaks of the importance of scientific thinking, medical research and breakthrough technologies to combat the current crisis and prepare better for future pandemics. In conversation with Roger Highfield, Science Director of the Science Museum Group.

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Name: JLF London at the British Library Curtain Raiser
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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When: -
Price: Free Event: £0.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546