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    Meet Award-Winning Writers And Activists At This One-Of-A-Kind Crowdfunded Lit Fest

    Anuradha posted on 28 February

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    If you’re passionate about issues like freedom speech and human rights in literature, especially in these times of growing state censorship, head over to People’s Literary Festival.

    What Is It?

    On March 24 and 25, Bastar Solidarity Network is organising the People’s Literary Festival to celebrate fearless writers who kept writing in the face of social adversities. This one-of-a-kind lit fest will have readings, talks and discussions about the forms of literature that challenge existing norms and censorship.

    Who Is It For?

    If you appreciate writing that’s uncompromising in its representation of truth and struggle, and if you get your kicks from being around intellectuals and writers, the People’s Literary Festival is for you.

    Why Should I Go?

    You’ll get the opportunity to listen to radical writers discuss dissident literature, something you won’t experience at other lit fests. Among the writers you will meet is young award-wining Dalit poet and writer Jacinta Kerketta whose book of poems Angor {meaning Ember in the local Adivasi dialect} has been translated into German and she has toured Germany with the book; Rinchin — a writer and activist living and working with tribals in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh {read more about her here and here}; Hasina Khan — the founder of Bebaak Collective, an umbrella organisation of Muslim women’s groups in India.

    We are looking forward to getting our copies of The Adivasi Will Not Dance by writer Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, who won the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Purashkar in 2015. And meeting Vishü Rita Krocha from Nagaland, the author of the wonderful book, A Bucket of Rain’, and started PenThrill Publication House.

    Young Kashmiri writer Inshah Malik will be there — she writes about the narratives of Kashmiri women and the often brutal effects on them from decades of conflict. Read more about her work here. Shahnaz Bashir — whose debut novel The Half Mother won the Muse India Young Writer Award — will be there. As will Arun Fereira, a writer from the East Indian community {the original Mumbaikars, whose villages became the localities of a sprawling metropolis} who was wrongly jailed for five years only because his works show a mirror to injustices.

    There’s a whole lot of amazing writers and activists coming down for the fest — Chhaya Koregaonkar,  Raja Puniyani, Iravi, Haripriya Soibam,.. the list goes on. So be there.

    Anything Else?

    Although entry is free, you can always contribute to the crowd-fund {it is a completely crowdfunded festival}. For extending any kind of logistical support and other details, you can contact- 9836262819/ 9433731206. For more information, check here.

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      125-B, Hem Chandra Nashkar Road, Phool Bagan, Kankurgachi, Kolkata

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        Sukanta Mancha

        locationKankurgachi