The Jaipur Literature Festival, held annually in the Pink City of Jaipur, is a riot of colour, energy, ideas and music, bringing alive South Asia’s multilingual literary heritage against a backdrop of readings, discussions and debates. Following the welcome return of JLF to its London home in the British Library on Saturday 18th September, we also have a full weekend of online events going live from 24th to 26th September
Programme subject to change, please check back for updates. Register here: https://london.jlflitfest.org/.
Sunday 26th September 2021
River Kings: A New History of Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Roads
Cat Jarman in conversation with Peter Frankopan
Archaeologist Cat Jarman’s recent book, River Kings: A New History of Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Roads, adds new dimensions to our understanding of the famed Nordic raiders and settlers and their journeys to both East and West At the heart of Jarman's story is a small Carnelian bead from Gujarat, found in a Viking mass grave in Derbyshire. This discovery opens up a whole new world of exploration, trade and raids between the east and the west. In conversation with historian Peter Frankopan, Jarman explores a new way of looking at the Vikings and their eastward travels.
1200 – 1245 Damascus and Names of the Women
Jeet Thayil and Christos Tsiolkas in conversation with Supriya Nair
Jeet Thayil’s latest book, Names of the Women, reclaims the stories of women from the Bible. Going beyond Mary of Magdala, the narrative unfurls the lives of the women who stood by Jesus Christ. Christos Tsiolkas' stunning new novel, Damascus, follows the events surrounding the birth and establishment of the Christian church. The vivid narrative dissects doubt, faith, tyranny and sacrifice, and remains a powerful testament to the human desire to transcend the physical world. In conversation with Supriya Nair, they talk about creating a wholly fresh fictional world out of some of the most familiar scriptures in world history.
1300 – 1345 TNamita Gokhale: Of Writers and Readers
Namita Gokhale in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy
Writer, publisher and Festival Director Namita Gokhale speaks of a life in books, from her debut novel, Paro: Dreams of Passion, that has remained a cult classic since it came out in 1984, to her 20th book, The Blind Matriarch. In a freewheeling conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy, she takes us through her first-hand encounters with the rich diversity of Indian and South Asian literatures, and the changing worlds they reflect.
1400 – 1445 A Rude Life
Vir Sanghvi in conversation with Namita Bhandare
A delicious mix of politics, glamour, food and all things rude. Columnist, writer and journalist Vir Sanghvi’s memoir, A Rude Life, takes us on a compelling journey through his formative years and the unforgettable characters met along the way. Turning his dispassionate gaze upon himself, Sanghvi evaluates the experiences that have formed one of the most eventful careers in Indian journalism. In conversation with award-winning journalist Namita Bhandare.
1500 – 1545 Luster - Raven Leilani in conversation with Catharine Morris
Raven Leilani's award winning debut, Luster, has been described as a millennial novel. Written in the first person, it carries the ache of youth and has a brutal and incisive eye for racism and racist violence. The intergenerational narrative follows a young girl's attempts at understanding life while navigating relationships, anger and her own hidden potential. In conversation with Catharine Morris, Associate Editor of the Times Literary Supplement, Leilani introduces us to the world of Edie in all her unabashed individuality, sexuality, humour and rage.
1600 – 1645 Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain
Sathnam Sanghera, William Dalrymple and Swapan Dasgupta in conversation with Mukulika Banerjee
A session exploring the legacy of the British Empire. Sathnam Sanghera’s latest book, Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain, is a brilliant commentary on the often painful shared history that impacted large parts of the world. William Dalrymple’s recent release is the Company Quartet, a four-book collection chronicling the rise and fall of the East India Company. Author and politician Swapan Dasgupta’s latest book is Awakening Bharat Mata: The Political Beliefs of the Indian Right. Together, they speak to academic and author Mukulika Banerjee to understand the importance of coming to terms with a troubled past.
1700 – 1800 The Taste - Post the Pandemic
Asma Khan and Ravinder Bhogal in conversation with Shrabani Basu
The Covid-19 pandemic has been the largest health and socio-economic crisis of the past century. In a session of conversations and food demos, two extraordinary chefs discuss the impact of the pandemic on their business and cooking style along with the changing eating patterns of the masses. Award-winning food writer and restaurateur Ravinder Bhogal’s cookbook Jikoni: Proudly Inauthentic Recipes from an Immigrant Kitchen blends myriad cuisines and a heritage that crosses continents. Celebrated Indian-born British chef and restaurateur Asma Khan of Netflix's Chef's Table is the author of Darjeeling Express. In conversation with Shrabani Basu.
1815 – 1915 The Essential Elif Shafak: Elif Shafak in conversation with Bee Rowlatt
Booker Prize-shortlisted author and activist Elif Shafak will explore her life in writing and the rich themes of her newest work, The Island of Missing Trees, in conversation with the British Library’s Bee Rowlatt. Navigating through her writing journey, Shafak explores the worlds brought to life with her words, and shares from her latest book, alongside the origins and the powerful symbolism of the many other characters she has brought to life.
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