Dhaka Lit Fest to begin Nov 17

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:51, Nov 13,2016

 
 

Organisers brief the press about upcoming literary festival at Bangla Academy on Sunday. –Snigdha Zaman

The 6th edition of Dhaka Lit Fest will take place on November 17-19 on the Bangla Academy premises in the capital, said festival organisers at a press conference at Bangla Academy on Sunday.

It will be organised jointly by Jatrik and Bangla Academy in collaboration with the ministry of cultural affairs.

Like the previous years, the festival – which was organised as Hay Festival Dhaka until 2015 – will feature a wide array of local and international literary talents of diverse origins and genres.

Around 200 poets and writers including 60 from 16 different countries are scheduled to take part in the three-day event.

The centre of attention will be the Nobel Prize-winning author VS Naipaul, who will be present as a guest of honour.

Among other writers-poets are Vijay Seshadri, winner of 2014 Pulitzer Prize; Deborah Smith, winner of 2016 Man Booker International Prize; Evie Wyld, winner of 2014 European Union Prize; and noted North Korean writer Hyeonseo Lee.

The festival will include a stage enactment in English of late eminent poet-playwright Syed Shamsul Haq’s short novel Neel Dongshon as a tribute to the writer.

There will also be a discussion on the translation of Mir Mosharraf Hossain’s poetic novel Bishad Sindhu by Fakrul Alam.

Richard Beard, a non-fiction writer and also director of London-based National Academy of Writing, will conduct a workshop on editing as part of the festival.

The festival will also feature an array of ancillary events including cultural performances, recitations, children’s shows, and film screening.

The press conference was attended by Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman Khan and Dhaka Lit Fest directors Sadaf Saaz, Ahsan Akbar and K Anis Ahmed.

Also on hand were Dhaka Tribune editor Zafar Sobhan and Brac International senior director Asif Saleh. 

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