The programme for the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 has been announced, and visitors to the fest can look forward to five days of lively sessions with some of the biggest names in the literary world.
To be held from January 21-25, the festival’s next edition promises a keynote address by author Margaret Atwood, as well as sessions by some major prize-winners, including 2015 Booker-winner Marlon James; author Cyprian Broodbank, whose The Making of the Middle Sea won the Wolfson History Prize; and photographer Steve McCurry, who won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for photographic reporting.
Known to stimulate and entertain at the same time, the festival will include incredible personal stories from the likes of British comedian, actor, writer and presenter Stephen Fry, war correspondent Christina Lamb, bestselling author Ruskin Bond and Dalit activist and campaigner Bant Singh.
Several sessions centre around the theme of privacy, including The Fiction of Privacy: Drawing the Line that examines the daily dilemma of journalists and non-fiction writers grappling with issues of privacy, both philosophical and legal. Total Recall: The End of Privacy will bring together academic Pratap Bhanu Mehta and artist Dayanita Singh with writer and academic Homi Bhabha to explore whether privacy is dead forever.
War, conflict, genocide and issues of the Middle-East will have a strong presence this coming January. Sessions explore the violent challenges, arrangements and unities and divisions of the region, bringing together many writers, including Eugene Rogan, an authority on Arab history, acclaimed historian Margaret Macmillan, political scientist and historian Ronald Suny, and biographer and travel writer Anthony Sattin.
Five of the world’s most acclaimed war correspondents—Dexter Filkins, Christina Lamb, Don McCullin, David Grossman and Samanth Subramanian—form The Frontline Club, which delves into their ‘reality-versus-Hollywood-glamour’ lives as war correspondents.
The partition of India, which remains a root cause of many contemporary evils, is discussed in several sessions by many writers, including Nisid Hajari, author of The Great Divide; Yasmin Khan, author of The Great Partition; and Venkat Dhulipala, author of Creating a New Medina: State Power, Islam, and the Quest for Pakistan in Late Colonial North India.
When it comes to modern India, the discussions will range from family and societal structures, and the rural and urban divide to the ambiguous and conflicted politics of change and the journey towards modernity.
Sanjoy K Roy, director of Teamwork Arts, which produces the festival, says, “I know that this is one of the best line-ups of authors we’ve ever had.” A new mobile app with all the details can also be downloaded.