Going To The Jaipur Literature Festival This Weekend? Catch These 14 Women In Action!

Posted: January 23, 2018

The Jaipur Literature Festival is about to begin, and we have a list of 14 women speakers at the fest that you should totally go listen to!

The Jaipur Literature Festival is almost upon us, beginning from the 25th of January and ending on the 29th of January. Called ‘the greatest literary festival in the world’, I am excited for it to begin and even more excited about the speakers that are lined up this year.

I dug deeper into the speaker list and the programme schedule to bring to you some of the women speakers and their sessions that you might wanna add to your itinerary for the long weekend!

25th January

Urvashi Butalia

Publishing Process and Policy Perspectives (Roundtable); Ananth Padmanabhan, Bijal Vachharajani, Arun Maheshwari, K. Sreenivas Rao, Manas Saikia, Ian de Toffoli, Renu Kaul, Robert Watkins and Urvashi Butalia in conversation with Atiya Zaidi

Mridula Garg

Book Launch – The Last Email by Mridula Garg; in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury, launch by Malashri Lal

Banned in India; Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, Mridula Garg and Paro Anand in conversation with Salil Tripathi

Rupi Kaur

Enhancing the Book; Alexandra Pringle, Daryl Shute, Dayanita Singh, Madhukar Purohit, Margrete Lamond and Rupi Kaur in conversation with Preeti Gill

milk and honey; Rupi Kaur introduced by Snigdha Poonam

Adriana Lisboa

Poetry Hour 7×7: Kavita Nirantar, Adriana Lisboa, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Ashok Vajpeyi, Era Tak, Galina Lazareva, Ikraam Rajasthani and John Freeman, moderated by Mohini Gupta

26th January

Sudha Murthy

The Man From The Egg; Sudha Murty in conversation with Puneeta Roy

Gurmehar Kaur

Dreamers: Looking at Young India; Snigdha Poonam in conversation with Akhil Katyal, Gaurav Solanki, Gurmehar Kaur, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, Prashant Jha and Prayaag Akbar

27th January

Urvashi Butalia 

Remnants of a Separation; Aanchal Malhotra, Chand Sur and Urvashi Butalia in conversation

Adriana Lisboa

Readings from Six Continents; Adriana Lisboa, Han Yujoo, John Freeman, Josefine Klougart, Léonora Miano and Tara June Winch, moderated by Radha Chakravarty

How do Books Travel? Adriana Lisboa, Eurig Salisbury, Hemant Divate Sampurna Chattarji and Sunandan Roy Chowdhury in conversation with Alexandra Buchler

Gurmehar Kaur

Book Launch – Small Acts of Freedom by Gurmehar Kaur; in conversation with Manasi Subramaniam, launch by Shashi Tharoor

Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club; Amy Tan in conversation with Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones’ Diaries; Helen Fielding in conversation with Meru Gokhale

Sheila Dixit

Book Launch-Citizen Delhi: My Times, My Life; by Sheila Dikshit in conversation with Karan Thapar, launch by Sanjoy K. Roy and Karan Thapar

Mamang Dai

Fish at War and a Cup of Brew: The Politics and Poetics of Women’s Work in India’s Northeast; Mamang Dai, Minam Apang and Mona Zote in conversation with Parismita Singh

Aanchal Malhotra

Remnants of a Separation; Aanchal Malhotra, Chand Sur and Urvashi Butalia in conversation

28th January

Janice Pariat

Words Are All We Have; Han Yujoo, Janice Pariat and Leïla Slimani in conversation with Prajwal Parajuly

The Songs of the Heart; Anosh Irani and Janice Pariat in conversation with Prayaag Akbar

Amy Tan

The Art of the Novel: On Writing Fiction; Amy Tan, Chika Unigwe, Helen Fielding, Joshua Ferris and Michael Ondaatje in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury

29th January

Anuja Chauhan

Baaz: India’s Most Fearless; Anuja Chauhan and Shiv Aroor in conversation with Aanchal Malhotra

Bina Kak

The Silent Sentinels of  Ranthambore; Bina Kak

If you think any of your favourite speakers is missing here, do us a favour and mention them in the comments below! See you at the LitFest!

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