Nepal to host literary festival

12 September 2011 12:24

Book lovers can visit Nepal to attend the country's first international literary festival

Book lovers can visit Nepal to attend the country's first international literary festival

An international literary festival in Nepal next month is expected to attract thousands of book lovers, authors and publishers from all over the world.

It will be the first event of its kind in the Himalayan nation and is being organised to highlight its writing traditions and provide a platform to discuss a variety of interesting subjects including language divide and the direction of South Asian literature.

Literature fans will find securing travel insurance a worthwhile effort for the chance to attend the three-day festival, being held at the world heritage site of Patan Durbar Square in capital Kathmandu.

Neighbouring India's success with a similar event in Jaipur, Rajasthan, has inspired the Kathmandu Literary Jatra will which run from September 16-18.

"India is becoming a publishing hotspot. Living next door, we thought it's a good time for Nepali literature to come out and showcase its talents," festival director Suvani Singh said.

Indian author Namita Gokhale, the co-founder of the Jaipur Literary Festival, has come on board in an advisory role.

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