ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Saturday Pass

Jaipur Literary Festival

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A taster of ‘the greatest literary show on Earth’

This ticket option gives you access to Saturday festival events.

Directed by writers Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, the iconic ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival takes place every January in the Pink city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, as writers, publishers, literature-lovers, friends, patrons, intellectuals, influencers, students and the press converge at the Diggi Palace for five days of a stunning celebration of literature, oral and performing arts, books and ideas, debate and dialogue.

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival returns to the British Library for the second time, and its fifth London edition.  A packed programme of talks and performances animate three venues at the Library, celebrating South Asia’s literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books and ideas.

The programme is subject to change. Please check back for regular updates

Please note that entry to sessions are on a first come first served basis and will be subject to venue capacity.


Saturday 9 June

09.30  Registration opens

10.00 Piazza Pavilion
Morning Music
Deepa Nair Rasiya

10.45 – 11.45 Piazza Pavilion
Letters From Gandhi
Faisal Devji and Tridip Suhrud in conversation with Alex von Tunzelmann.

10.45 – 11.45 Durbar Theatre
The Two Koreas: Facts and Fictions
Suki Kim in conversation with Salil Tripathi

10.45 – 11.45 Mughal Courtyard
Lost Ragas
Katherine Butler Schofield in conversation with Michael Bywater

12.00 – 13.00 Piazza Pavilion
Railways and the Raj
Christian Wolmar, Shashi Tharoor and Monisha Rajesh in conversation with Pragya Tiwari

12.00 – 13.00 Durbar Theatre
Nainsukh and Manaku: Two of the Greatest Indian Painters of the 18th Century?
B N Goswamy in conversation with William Dalrymple

12.00 – 13.00 Mughal Courtyard
Himalayan Connections
Andrew Duff, Emma Slade, Janice Pariat, and Prajwal Parajuly in conversation with Namita Gokhale

13.15 – 14.15 Piazza Pavilion
Songs of the Sufi: Bulleh Shah and Shah Abdul Latif
Christopher Shackle and Navtej Sarna in conversation, with musical renditions by Amrit Kaur Lohia

13.15 – 14.15 Durbar Theatre
Ideas of Democracy
Brian Klaas, Helena Kennedy, Salman Khurshid and Sunil Khilnani in conversation with Ornit Shani

13.15 – 14.15 Mughal Courtyard
The Storytellers
Anuradha Roy and Preti Taneja in conversation with Georgina Godwin

14.30 – 15.30 Piazza Pavilion

Cricket and Nationalism

Mike Brearley, Shashi Tharoor and Ashok Ferrey in conversation with Ashis Ray

14.30 – 15.30 Durbar Theatre
The Travel Session
Bee Rowlatt, Hugh Thomson and Monisha Rajesh in conversation with William Dalrymple

14.30 – 15.30 Mughal Courtyard
Islamic Calligraphy
Bruce Wannell, Mehreen Chida-Ravzi and Saquib Babri in conversation with Nur Sobers Khan

15.45 – 16.45 Piazza Pavilion
100 Years of the Suffragette
Anita Anand, Angela Saini and Helena Kennedy in conversation with Bee Rowlatt
Presented by Asia House

15.45 – 16.45 Durbar Theatre
The Commonwealth of Nations
Philip Murphy, Rita Payne, Salil Tripathi,Y K Sinha in conversation with John Elliott

15.45 – 16.45 Mughal Courtyard
The Fictional Leap
Maha Khan Phillips and Navtej Sarna in conversation with Jaishree Misra

17.00 – 18.00 Piazza Pavilion
The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World
Maya Jasanoff in conversation with William Dalrymple
17.00 – 18.00 Durbar Theatre

Jan Nisar and Kaifi
Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi in conversation with Saif Mahmood
Presented by Rajasthan Tourism
17.00 – 18.00 Mughal Courtyard

Waste of a Nation
Katherine Boo and Robin Jeffrey in conversation with Pragya Tiwari.
Presented by Aga Khan Foundation

18.15 – 19.15 Piazza Pavilion
Gardens of Paradise
Jurgen Van der Tas, Philippa Vaughan, Mehreen Chida-Ravzi, Tom Stuart-Smith and Nur Sobers-Khan in conversation with William Dalrymple

18.15 – 19.15 Durbar Theatre
Exile and Insurgency
Adrian Levy, Azeem Ibrahim and Wendy Law Yone in conversation with Faisal Devji

18.15 – 19.15 Mughal Courtyard
Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods
Tishani Doshi introduced by Janice Pariat


Name: ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Saturday Pass
Where: British Library St Pancras
When: -
Price: Full Price: £20.00
Member: £14.00
Senior 60+: £16.00
Student: £14.00
Registered Unemployed: £14.00
Under 18: £14.00
Friend of the British Library: £14.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546