A Lit-Fest On The Beach In Nov
Inaugural edition of Books on the Beach literature festival to be held in November | By Yentha
On May 16, 2017


Trivandrum: Come November, leading writers and thinkers from across India and beyond will gather in the city for the inaugural edition of ‘Books on the Beach’, a literature festival that celebrates and contemplates both the written word and its expression.  

The lit-fest, organised by non-profit India Book Foundation under the guidance and active patronage of Dr. Shashi Tharoor and supported by Kerala Tourism, will make its debut at Kovalam from November 10-12.

Dr. Tharoor together with Dr. Venu V., Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, and festival director Sabin Iqbal announced the festival at a press conference in the Press Club here today.

Over the three-day event, writers of prose and poetry, fiction and nonfiction, essayists and environmentalists, artists and academics, reporters and editors will conduct readings and recitals besides participating in meaningful debates and dialogues on a multitude of topics.

“Literature has real value. It appeals to a more discerning audience. It is time we established a durable institution that showcases Thiruvananthapuram and Kerala as a place of ideas and culture. But a lit-fest is not for visitors alone; it will also further energise the already vibrant reading culture in the state," Dr. Tharoor said.

“A literature festival with an international perspective will fit in nicely alongside the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, IFFK and International Theatre festival as powerful brand ambassadors. It will provide a fillip to tourism in the state, and in particular renew interest in Kovalam. The lit-fest will enjoy Kerala Tourism’s full support,” Dr Venu said.

The festival will reflect on historical and contemporary concerns, the environment, scientific progress and civilisational discourse, among others. As well, there will be soulful music, engaging storytelling sessions and amusing word games for children on offer.

“We want to create three days of festivity at Kovalam centred around the literary festival. It’s a cultural festival, and we want families to come out and enjoy literature, music, food and lots of fun and cultural programmes,” festival director Sabin Iqbal said.

Noting that the initial response to Books on the Beach has been very positive, he added, “We expect to field a strong line-up of about 30 international and Indian writers, many of whom have already expressed their willingness to attend.”

The festival is envisioned not as an isolated activity, but as a permanent fixture on the city’s culturescape with an eye to grow into a state institution and international cultural brand.

“For starters, we are planning a Books on the Beach Book Club, which will organise frequent reading sessions and writing workshops in schools and colleges across the city,” Iqbal added.
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I was very happy to read about this upcoming book festival in Kovalam. I am from Mangalore but now in Australia and I have written a book or a novel "No room for Dabha" in my pen name Raja Pai. I wish to participate in the festival and hope that it will provide some scope for talking about my book and it's purpose. Cheers - Reggie Albuquerque
Reggie Albuquerque, on May 17, 2017 09:59:22 AM
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