Doha to host international literature festival

The Jaipur Literature Festival takes place in December

Doha to host international literature festival

An international literature festival featuring prominent authors and thinkers is set to take place in Doha between December 12 and 14.

Qatar National Library, in partnership with Teamwork Arts, producer of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival, will host a celebration of literature and the power of dialogue in Doha.

JLF Doha will recreate the magnificent spirit of Jaipur’s annual literary carnival in Doha.

One of the greatest literary shows in the world, the Jaipur Literature Festival in India has hosted more than 2,000 speakers and welcomed over a million book-lovers from around the world.

With the Doha edition being the first JLF in the Middle East, Teamwork Arts has expanded its global reach since 2014 with editions in London, New York, Boulder, Houston, Adelaide, Toronto and Belfast.

The event will be an opportunity for the people of Qatar to attend a diverse line-up of literary events and for emerging and established writers, poets and artists in Qatar to share their achievements and perspectives with the world.

The festival will feature prominent authors and thinkers including Anita Nair, author of much-loved novels The Better Man, Ladies Coupé, Mistress, Lessons in Forgetting and Idris: Keeper of the Light, Dr Amal Mohammed Al-Malki, founding dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation, Buket Uzuner, selected among the 75 Most Influential Women of the Republic of Turkey, Sharmila Tagore, National Film Award-winning screen veteran and gifted actor who has acted in over 100 Bengali and Hindi films, Javed Akhtar, renowned poet, lyricist and scriptwriter, and Kim Pereira, actor, director, playwright and author of August Wilson and the African-American Odyssey.

Her Excellency Lolwah Al-Khater, spokesperson for Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be among the speakers at the event.

We’re looking forward to the discussions and lectures – it’s a great opportunity to engage in a vibrant exchange of ideas.

The festival is part of QNL’s celebration of the Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture.
Free. Dec 12-14. Qatar National Library, Education City, www.qnl.qa.

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