Jaipur Literature Festival 2023 at the British Library

The Jaipur Literature Festival returns to The British Library for its 10th year. Here is what to expect from the festival.

The Jaipur Literature Festival promises an inspiring weekend of words, books, music, good and camaraderie as it returns to The British Library for its 10th year.

A packed programme of conversations will unfold at the library’s three venues when it gets underway on June 9, 2023, running until June 11.

One of the world’s great literature events, JLF takes place in Jaipur, Rajasthan, every January, attracting thousands to engage with the world’s leading writers and speakers.

The Festival now has editions around the world all featuring the same mix of inspiring voices and ideas.

From ‘Bollywood Narratives’ to ‘The Great Indian Kitchen’, the Jaipur Literature Festival features some of the world’s leading writers and speakers.

This includes William Dalrymple, Shashi Tharoor, Vauhini Vara, Tom Holland, Tahmima Anam, Vishal Bhardwaj, Asma Khan, Venki Ramakrishnan, Alice Oswald, Jonathan Freedland, Usha Uthup, Sathnam Sanghera, Alice Loxton, Marcus du Sautoy, Nikesh Shukla, Shashi Tharoor, William Dalrymple, Antony Beevor and many more.

Let’s take a more in-depth look at the Jaipur Literature Festival programming, including an exacting array of performances, discussions and conversations.

Jaipur Literature Festival 2023 at the British Library

Amish Tripathi and Shashi Tharoor get the festival underway where they discuss the significance and interplay between memory, myth and culture.

Tripathi is best known for the Shiva Trilogy and Ram Chandra Series.

Meanwhile, Tharoor is the author of books like Inglorious Empire and The Battle of Belonging.

‘The Great Indian Kitchen’ features food writers Asma Khan and Manju Malhi taking us on a journey through their family kitchens to reveal the way food shapes identity and discuss its universal appeal to move us in profound ways.

On June 10, 2023, Vishal Bhardwaj, Jan Carson and Victoria Dowd talk about the life and legacy of renowned writer Agatha Christie.

Award-winning filmmaker Bhardwaj is currently developing a series based on Christie’s The Sittaford Mystery in India.

Bhardwaj will be part of two sessions on June 11, named ‘Bollywood Narratives’ and ‘Shakespearewallahs’.

Starting at 12:30 pm, he is joined by Aarya series writer Anu Singh Choudhary and Kunal Basu, writer of The Japanese Wife, in conversation with Mohini Gupta.

Audiences across India and the diaspora are touched alike by the emotive connectivity and the spirited character of the narratives in Bollywood films.

In conversation with writer and translator Mohini Gupta, Bhardwaj, Choudhary and Basu discuss the creative process of Bollywood, its boundless and perennial appeal, and its ability to stir and fascinate audiences across the globe.

‘Shakespearewallahs’ highlights the universality of Shakespeare’s stories.

Along with Preti Taneja and Thea Buckley, in conversation with Head of South Asian Collections at The British Library Arani Ilankuberan, they speak of India’s enduring love for Shakespeare, and the influence of his work on contemporary literature.

Author Nikesh Shukla presents a storytelling workshop.

Whether it’s a novel, personal essay, non-fiction work or short story, this workshop will help you to set your intentions, balance storytelling instinct with structure and build your characters.

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Taking place at the Knowledge Centre Pigott Theatre is ‘Empire: The Search for Truth’.

The Empire podcast started in August and now has over one million downloads every month.

Characterised by William Dalrymple and Anita Anand’s easy camaraderie and contrasting personas, the podcast looks at how empires rise, why they fall and how they have shaped the world around us today.

In discussion with writer and journalist Bee Rowlatt, Dalrymple and Anand speak about why people everywhere are suddenly so interested in the business of the Empire.

The Jaipur Literature Festival features a plethora of vibrant events and workshops.

It concludes with ‘Skyfall in a Sari: The Usha Uthup Journey’.

The evergreen pop icon Padma Shri Usha Uthup has enthralled listeners for generations, singing in more than 17 Indian and eight international languages.

In conversation with the playback singer, she talks about what music means to her, and the passion and commitment she brings to it.

The Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2023 at the British Library in London will present similar universal, democratic and inclusive core values as the Jaipur Festival in India.

For further information on the 2023 Jaipur Literature Festival programme and to book tickets, please visit here.

Selected events indicated will simultaneously be live streamed on the British Library platform.

Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”

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