Jaipur literature festival returns to London

Tuesday 05th May 2015 14:01 EDT

The second edition of JLF @ Southbank will be held in London on 16-17 May. The two-day event provides a snapshot of what has been dubbed as ‘the greatest literary show on earth’.

JLF @ Southbank will feature as part of Alchemy, the Southbank Centre’s celebration of South Asian culture held from 15-25 May.

The Jaipur Literature Festival started in 2006 with only 18 authors and a handful of spectators. It has since grown to become the world’s largest free literary festival attracting nearly 250,000 visitors annually.

Previous participants include Amartya Sen, Salman Rushdie, Oprah Winfrey, Vikram Seth, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tash Aw, V.S. Naipaul, Taiye Selasi, Reza Aslan, Orhan Pamuk, Jung Chang, Jonathan Franzen and JM Coetzee.

Jaipur Literature Festival directors Namita Gokhale, William Dalrymple and producer Sanjoy K. Roy have curated a weekend of talks, music and readings. This year’s line-up includes Anita Anand, Ashwin Sanghi, Lance Price, Lily Wangchuk, Meghnad Desai, Navtej Sarna, Nils Nordberg, Rajdeep Sardesai, Sam Miller, Suhel Seth, Tahmima Anam, Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee and Vasundhara Raje.

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